Baratunde Thurston AB '99 and Candice Hoyes AB '99 discuss their experiences as black artists at a recent Harvard Alumni Association event co-sponsored by HBAS in New York.
       Photo courtesy of The Harvard Gazette.
HBAS Holiday Parties; West Returns to Harvard; HBAS Board Openings; Steve Fund Seeks Exec Dir
December 2016 Vol. 1
  • Leadership: 2016 Holiday Parties
  • Leadership: Join the HBAS Board and Regional Chapters!
  • Health and Wellness: Updates
  • Health and Wellness: The Steve Fund News and Resources; The Steve Fund Seeks Executive Director
  • Health and Wellness Essay: Self-Care for the Holidays 2016
  • Notable News: Cornel West AB '74 to return to Harvard; Judge Robert Leon Wilkins JD '89 chronicles making of NMAAHC; Diversifying the Arts: Alumni, faculty describe efforts on and off campus at event co-sponsored by HBAS; Danielle Allen Ph.D. '01 first black woman honored as James Bryant Conant University Professor; HKS panel considers race and justice in Obama era.
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Holiday Parties!
HBAS NY: Holiday Soiree
HBAS Chicago: Gift Drive & Toast to the New Year 
Looking for a way to give back
AND have fun this holiday season?

Join us for our 
Ugly Sweater Holiday Gift Drive and Happy Hour
When: Thursday, December 8,2016
Where: Vice Brewery, 1454 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Vice Brewery is a black-owned brewery located right in the south loop. Ugly Sweaters are encouraged but not required.
We'll be collecting the items listed below to give to children in partnership with One Hope United. Hope to see you there!
Lego sets
 Leap Frog reading toys
 Baby Alive Dolls
 Game Stop Gift Cards 
Burlington Gift Cards
BasketBall or Football
 Size 10 Clothes
 Noisemakers for infants
If you'd like to donate any of these items but can't make it to the Holiday Happy Hour, please contact Chelsea Celistan
HBAS Chicago will host a Toast to the New Year Party in collaboration with Stanford, Yale, Princeton and other alumni chapters in the Chicago area.  Food, fun, and music will be provided!
When: Thursday,  January 12, 2017
Where:  Frontier, 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., C hicago , IL 60642
Leadership: Join the HBAS National Board or Regional Chapters
     Get Involved!
National Board
The HBAS national board has openings for the following positions:
Please e-mail Mark Price at and to express interest and obtain more information about these positions.  
Regional Chapters
If you are interested in getting involved with an HBAS regional chapter, please contact B.J. Merriewether at  If you are in another major city and would like to start a regional chapter, feel free to reach out to him as well
Health and Wellness
2017 HBAS Health & Wellness Groups
Do you have some health and wellness goals for a new year or just want to enjoy fun activities with another HBAS member?
In January, HBAS will launch monthly Health & Wellness initiatives to promote well-being.  Please sign-up to join a group by Friday, December 30, 2016.
2016 HBAS Health & Wellness Survey
Let us know how we can help you achieve your 2017 health and wellness goals and how the Steve Fund can provide more resources for alumni and students on campus. Please complete the HBAS health & wellness survey by Friday, December 30, 2016.
Join the HBAS Health & Wellness Committee
Want to serve as a volunteer for the HBAS Health & Wellness Committee?
Then, complete this form by Friday, December 30, 2016.
There will be a volunteer orientation call in February.  This role should require at most about 4-5 hours per month. 
We are seeking a Communications/Public Relations Manager, who will manage the health directory, health listserv (platform to share information about jobs, resources, and conferences), and HBAS health social media accounts.
Contact the HBAS Health & Wellness Committee at for more information.
Health and Wellness: The Steve Fund
The Steve Fund Is Seeking Its First Executive Director!
The nation's only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color is seeking its first Executive Director. 
We are looking for a charismatic, seasoned leader with a deep commitment to promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, along with an understanding of the population- specific/unique challenges that students of color face in receiving support for their mental health and emotional well-being. 
The Executive Director will effectively articulate The Steve Fund's vision, mission and values that stimulate investment by funders and engagement of practitioners to increase national awareness and promote/facilitate effective programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance. Additionally, The Executive Director will work in close partnership with best-in-class mental health organizations, youth-serving non-profits, and institutions of higher education engaging leaders from across sectors, college students and mental health colleagues. He/She has a notable reputation and commands respect that activates public awareness and support for addressing the mental health needs of young people of color. The Executive Director will be a person who thrives in a start-up environment. 
Please pass on the information to qualified candidates. To apply or read the full job description, please click  here .
Knight Foundation Awards Grant to Steve Fund and Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line and the Steve Fund are expanding a joint effort to support young people of color who suffer from mental health issues with $863,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The investment will help strengthen Crisis Text Line text-messaging support services in communities of color, while increasing data collection and research on the needs of this population.
In early 2016, Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 text-based support line for people in crisis, and the Steve Fund launched a Knight-backed collaboration to better support young people of color in crisis.  The Steve Fund and Crisis Text Line provide crisis counseling to young people of color. Text "STEVE" to 741741 to be linked with a trained crisis counselor.
5 Practical Tips: What Parents Can Do To Support the 
Mental Health of Students of Color
Often when young people of color move on to college, there are significant changes not only in their lives, but in the lives of their parents as well. While they navigate new territories, parents and other family members must navigate new ways to assist them in their journey. 
Having knowledge and strategies to be informed and to assist during this exciting but sometimes challenging phase in young people's lives can make a fundamental difference in this experience. 
The Steve Fund offers a guide authored by the Fund's medical expert and Harvard alumna, Dr. Annelle Primm, M.D., M.P.H., with five practical tips to help parents support the mental health of students of color. The tips include what question parents can ask about mental health support when talking with university representatives, and what kind of conversations parents should have with their children to support their mental health and emotional well-being in college. 
The white paper can be downloaded freely at the Steve Fund Knowledge Center . The Steve Fund hosted a 3-part webinar series for Parents & Families in Fall 2016. Recorded versions of the webinar are available at the Steve Fund Knowledge Center .
Other News
  • The 3rd annual Young, Gifted, & @ Risk convening was held at Washington University in St. Louis on November 11, 2016 with a Midwest focus.  
  • In partnership with the Jed Foundation, the Steve Fund is working to develop a model Framework to be released February 2017 for colleges and universities to promote the mental health of young people of color on campus.
Self-Care for the Holidays 2016
By Harvard Alumna, Annelle B. Primm, AB '76, MD, MPH
On behalf of the Steve Fund
For the Harvard Black Alumni Society