Webinar on “LGBTQ+ Students’ Mental Health & Well-being”

The Rainbow Center has an opportunity to sponsor UConn-affilated faculty, staff, graduate students, and some undergraduate students and alumni to attend an upcoming interactive webinar on “LGBTQ+ Students’ Mental Health Well-being: Overcoming Current Barriers,” on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 2:00pm – 3:30pm ET.  The webinar will be presented by Barry Schreier, Ph.D., a past Director of UConn Counseling and Mental Health.


The extended deadline to RSVP has passed.  Registrants: See below for logon instructions.



For many LGBTQ+ students, a college campus is a safe haven — a place they have longed to get to — where they can explore their identity, sometimes while still hiding it from their families. COVID-19 has presented so many challenges for students, and LGBTQ+ students are among the most vulnerable. Many have lost the only community they had. Being in limbo has exacerbated LGBTQ+ students’ mental health issues including depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, according to the Trevor Project.

Join this critical conversation with your peers on August 11, 2020 when our expert presenter will explore how you, as an ally to your LGBTQ+ students, can assist and support them as the fall semester begins, whether they remain away from campus or return to campus. You’ll review the data on the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ students, talk through case studies and gain valuable resources on supporting students with intersectional identities.

You’ll walk away with the tools you need to be sensitive and responsive to your LGBTQ+ students so you can help them engage, succeed and persist toward graduation.


Topics Covered

We will offer crucial, actionable takeaways that will help you:

  • Raise your awareness about the unique impacts of COVID-19 on students who are LGBTQ+ and who have intersectional LGBTQ+ identities — become an essential resource to help ensure that your LGBTQ+ students can persist during these difficult times.
  • View your mental health services and support systems through an intersectional lens so you can respond with sensitivity and understanding — be ready to support your LGBTQ+ students whether they remain away from campus or return to campus in the pursuit of their degree.
  • Develop a support system that proactively addresses LGBTQ+ students’ academic, social, financial and emotional needs during this uncertain time — mobilize your mental health resources and safe spaces in the best way you can to support your LGBTQ+ students so they remain engaged, satisfied and successful.
  • Learn how to assist your LGBTQ+ students with seeking support resources for managing distress — hold a trauma informed lens when interacting with your LGBTQ+ students to frame the impact of systemic oppression.



Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D. is a licensed Counseling Psychologist. He is the Director of The University of Iowa Counseling Service and is a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Iowa College of Education. Dr. Schreier is also the founder and senior consultant for Bridge Partners Consultation, which provides professional consultation on issues and concerns related to the GLBTQ+ communities.

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What’s Included?

  • Live 90-minute online session with carefully selected expert(s)
  • Link to view webinar on demand for one year (24/7 access)
  • Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
  • Certificate of completion for each participant
  • Remote team training
  • Weekly newsletter – What’s Working on Campus


For folx who have registered with the Rainbow Center, here are the instructions to log into the webinar:


  • Please use the attached PDF for directions on how to log in and access handout materials. 
  • Audio will stream directly through your computer.

System Requirements:

  • Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or later, Windows Edge browser, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (most recent version of any browser is recommended)
  • Internet connection: 512 Kbps bandwidth (using the highest speed available to you is recommended)
  • For best quality, we recommend that you download and use the Adobe Connect desktop application.