Alfiee Breland-Noble provides a unique perspective on examining the mental health needs of diverse students using over 20 years of her research in working with socioeconomically diverse young people, families and communities. She is attuned to the unique factors impacting students of color, including marginalized identities and intersectionality. She will share insights on the prominent mental health concerns facing students of color on college campuses, while also providing innovative insights on self-care for students, tips for supporting diverse faculty and training for administrators in improving the campus climate for all.
Alfiee created The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents) Project in 1999 to address depression and other mental health needs of African American youth and young adults of color. Back then, she was an assistant professor focused on developing and implementing rigorous, culturally relevant, patient-centered, community-engaged research and clinical care for people in need. Today, she uses her 20+ years of knowledge and experience to collaborate with diverse teens, young adults, families and communities impacted by mental illness. Her mission is to educate the public about the unique mental health needs of students and young people of color, to educate professionals about the unique perspectives of diverse young people and their mental health and to describe her innovative solutions to supporting diverse young people.