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The Duke Endowment praised for support of mental well-being

Michelle Horhota, associate dean for mentoring and advising, professor of psychology.

Last updated February 20, 2024

By Tina Underwood

An article in Inside Philanthropy looked at The Duke Endowment’s legacy of supporting mental health in colleges and universities. Contributing writer Paul Karon examined how universities are more proactively addressing mental health as central to student success.

Karon reached out to Michelle Horhota about Furman University’s Pathways Program, which is supported by funding from The Duke Endowment and is designed to help undergraduates discover their affinities and values, sharpen their academic focus and ready them for employment or graduate school. Horhota, psychology professor and associate dean for mentoring and advising, said a holistic approach toward understanding the student experience is essential. She commented on resilience interventions at the university and how they boost students’ sense of belonging and worth. Horhota also remarked on the how the interventions have ramped up retention rates overall, especially among students of color.

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