IVC Assistant Dean of Health, Wellness & Veterans Nancy Montgomery was asked by the CA State Chancellor’s office to present alongside the state Vice Chancellor of Student Services Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaughnessy on the topic of mental health in our community colleges. The presentation took place during the Community College League of California Trustees Conference.
IVC veteran student and engineering major Raysa Guerrero joined Nancy Montgomery for the presentation. Raysa spoke about her difficulty with acclimation from military to civilian life, along with adjustments to college life, and how her mental health played an intricate part in the transition. Together, the team presented on new state funding for mental health in our community colleges. Nancy shared state data about the needs of IVC students, survey results, and IVC veterans’ annual data concerning mental health needs, and how this data can be used to formulate programs, goals, and interventions to support students.