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JED Campus

Santa Clara University is a JED Campus.

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By becoming a member of the JED Campus program, a school demonstrates a commitment to the emotional well-being of its students. JED Campus schools embark on a multi-year strategic collaboration that not only assesses and enhances the work that is already being done but helps create positive, lasting, systemic change in the campus community.

JED Campus is an initiative of The Jed Foundation, a national nonprofit that exists to protect the emotional health of our country’s 40 million high school and college students and reduce the risks of substance abuse and suicide. Learn more about the JED Campus Program at www.jedcampus.org.


JED Campus Program Committee

  • Phil Beltran, Director of Campus Safety Services
  • Elsa Chen, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Bridget Colbert, Assistant General Counsel
  • Heather Dumas-Dyer, Director of Residence Life
  • Matthew Duncan, Associate Dean for Student Life
  • Marvah Gorlorwulu, Class of 2018
  • Lisa Joyner, Director of the Wellness Center
  • Kathy Lee-Anderson, Assistant Director of CAPS
  • Molly McDonald, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
  • Carl Reed, Asst. AD for Sports Administration & Student Services
  • Jeanne Rosenberger, Vice Provost for Student Life, Chair
  • Jill Rovaris, Director of the Cowell Center
  • Iaisha Sadat, Class of 2019
  • Lulu Santana, Director of Campus Ministry
  • Chan Thai, Asst. Professor of Communication

JED Comprehensive Approach

The Strategic Planning Process


Develop & Support Life Skills

Lead: Heather Dumas-Dyer, Director of Residence Life

Supporting life skills education is valuable in teaching healthy ways to cope with the stress of college life. Some of the life skills that are important to a student's well-being include managing friendships and relationships, problem-solving, decision making, identifying and managing emotions, healthy living, and finding the purpose, meaning and identity.

Promote Social Connectedness 

Lead: Lulu Santana, Director of Campus Ministry

Research has shown that loneliness and isolation are significant risk factors for mental health problems and/or suicidal behavior. Therefore, supportive social relationships and feeling connected to campus, family and friends are protective factors that can help lower risk.

Identify Students at Risk

Lead: Kathy Lee-Anderson, Assistant Director of CAPS

It is important to take action to identify students at risk for mental health problems and/or suicidal behavior, and also to promote emotional health awareness among those who interact with students the most - "gatekeepers" such as residence hall staff, academic advisors, faculty and even fellow students - as it is vital for these people to be able to recognize and refer a student who might be in distress.

Increase Help Seeking Behavior

Lead: Lisa Joyner, Director of the Wellness Center

Many students who need help may be reluctant or unsure of how to seek it out. Obstacles to help-seeking include lack of awareness of mental health services, skepticism about the effectiveness of treatment, prejudices associated-with mental illness, and uncertainty about costs or insurance coverage. Campuses should engage in a variety of activities designed to increase the likelihood that a student in need will seek help.

Provide Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Lead: Dr. Jill Rovaris, Director of the Cowell Center

It is essential to offer accessible, consistent and high-quality mental health services to students. To make mental health and substance abuse care more comprehensive, it should include strong and flexible services, adequate staffing levels and staff diversity reflective of the student population, flexibility in treatment approaches, and clinic hours that are reflective of student schedules. Since most college clinics are free, the length of treatment is often limited. Therefore, it is important that campus mental health services can assist students in finding off-campus resources that can provide long-term care if needed.

Follow Crisis Management Procedure

Lead: Molly McDonald, Chief of Staff, Office of the President

The campus should have access to a well-publicized 24/7 crisis phone and/or chat line either through campus resources or local/national services. There should be a process in place to share information (as legally appropriate) between local ERs and school health and/or counseling services.

Restrict Access to Potentially Lethal Means

Lead: Phil Beltran, Director of Campus Safety Services

It has been well established that if the means to self-haram are removed or limited in an environment, it can prevent suicide and even limit accidental deaths. This is called "means restriction. " Limiting students' access to weapons, poisonous chemicals and rooftops, windows or other high places are all means restriction activities. Each campus should do an environmental scan for potential access to lethal or dangerous means.

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