Four Colorado universities designated institutions dedicated to mental health, hunger support

By: | June 22, 2021

Four Colorado universities have been designated institutions dedicated to mental health and hunger support, according to a Monday announcement from the state Department of Higher Education.

Colorado State University, Colorado State University Pueblo, Fort Lewis College and Metropolitan State University of Denver checked the state’s boxes to earn a “Hunger Free and Healthy Minds” designation for their work to end hunger and address the mental health needs of their students.

“We are extremely proud of the four campuses receiving ‘Hunger Free and Healthy Minds’ designations today,” said Angie Paccione, executive director of the state’s higher education department, in a news release. “These campuses are working hard to ensure their students have the necessary supports and resources to be healthy, fulfilled and engaged citizens. They are true Colorado leaders and innovators in this work.”

In February, the state released a checklist system guiding universities on how to better address hunger and mental health issues on their campuses. The universities who earned the designation either already had or implemented several programs on their campuses to better meet students’ needs.

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