COVID-19 Update: Join IBWPPI in Saluting the Class of 2020


From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

As we approach the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, we dedicate this COVID-19 update to the state of our education system and the prioritization of our students' emotional wellness.


I recently had the privilege of speaking at the virtual HBCU Action Nation Town Hall where I gave voice to the concerns of students, educational agencies and community partners I’ve consulted with. A few issues I raised included:


  • Parent-teacher support. As a community organization that is looking through the lens of the family, it’s clear that some families don’t know what to expect in the age of COVID-19 and have long lists of needs and concerns that aren’t yet being met.


  • Preparation for technological shifts. There’s an assumption that students and even teachers are adequately prepared to pivot into virtual classroom instruction. If the technology changes are not being translated to a basic level for students and family, then we won’t see positive outcomes.


  • Classrooms without walls. Universities need to extend their walls beyond the classroom and faculty. They should consider partnerships with alumni associations and community organizations that have professionals that can provide much-needed assistance to students in this critical time.


  • Embed emotional wellness into campus life. Peer-to-peer conversations around mental health can aid in supporting students while they are at home and upon their return to campus.


IBWPPI is committed to ensuring the success of our students and lifting them up in this critical time. To watch the replay of the conference, visit IBWPPI's Facebook page .


Additionally, we invite you to show your support for our young women and girls at our virtual PUSHOUT watch party where we will have a salute to the Class of 2020. RSVP for the event on Saturday, June 6th at 2-4:30 pm ET using the password "IBWPPI." Make sure you register to receive Zoom call details.


We look forward to having you join us.


In Faith,

Barbara A. Perkins