Faculty: ‘Gatekeepers’ of student mental health?

Negar Shekarabi, coordinator for faculty and staff wellness, health and counseling services at the University of California, Irvine, said a 2019 survey from her campus also found that faculty members do tend to be engaged in student mental health. … The pandemic and racial reckoning of the 2020 pushed Shekarabi’s office to be even more proactive with respect to faculty training. She and her colleagues worked last summer to convert many of their most requested mental health seminars into webinars that are now available on demand, and targeted to professors.