Shapiro Administration launches anti-stigma campaign to support college students’ basic needs

Friday, April 05, 2024
Pennsylvania Pressroom

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has launched a new anti-stigma campaign to support postsecondary students struggling to meet basic needs such as housing, transportation, financial needs, and physical and mental health. “In order to do their best, learners must feel their best, and it is incumbent upon us to point them in the direction of resources that will keep them housed, fed, healthy, and emotionally well,” said Secretary of Education Khalid N. Mumin. “This new anti-stigma campaign reminds students that it’s okay to ask for help, and that the help they need is only a phone call or an email away.” Through the PA MASLOW “You Good?” campaign, PDE developed posters that colleges and universities can personalize, print, and post on their campuses directing students to critical resources. Additionally, PDE has been convening student panel discussions around the state as proactive way to inform the anti-stigma campaign as well as the programs and policies that postsecondary institutions are implementing. Through quarterly virtual meetings, the department has been engaging with the field on ways to expand upon and improve anti-stigma efforts. 

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