2023 Dennis H. May Diversity Conference on Mental Health and Higher Education

Welcome to the Dennis H. May Diversity Conference on Mental Health and Higher Education!

The theme of this year's conference is Cultivating a Sense of Belonging: Going Beyond Inclusion on Campus, and we are thrilled to have Dr. Patricia Arredondo as our keynote speaker.

Our conference has a long history at the University of Illinois Counseling Center. Over the past several decades, the focus of the conference has been to educate those who directly work with college students on issues related to diversity, mental health, and the college experience.

The needs and demographics of college students are changing, and we need to evolve as well.  change, so must the scope of our conference. As we continue to grow, we have expanded the conference to include all student affairs professionals. Some of the benefits of attending this conference are learning about the issues that can impact young adults, connecting with other professionals in the field, and engaging in robust training related to diversity.

We welcome presenters and attendees who work in counseling centers, student affairs, DEI, and community teachers and administrators who are interested in preparing their students for their time at college.