JMSW Student Sydneigh Beatty selected as Behavioral Health Ambassador!
North Carolina A&T State University is one of the eight HBCUs represented in the HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health’s Inaugural Behavioral Health Ambassador Cohort. Sydneigh N. Beatty, a student in the Joint Master of Social Work Program between North Carolina A&T State University and UNC Greensboro, has been selected to serve as a Behavioral Health Ambassador for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded center housed at Clark Atlanta University. By 2025 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts shortages of behavioral health professionals. The center aims to promote awareness of and provide support to students pursing degrees in Behavioral Health at HBCUs via our key initiative, HBCU Career, Awareness, Recruitment, and Engagement, Services [HBCU C.A.R.E.S.]. Behavioral Health Ambassadors are critical to the success of these efforts.The Behavioral Health Ambassadors were selected after a competitive, national application and selection process. Ambassadors are highly qualified graduate students, currently enrolled in Behavioral Health programs at HBCUs, who will complete field experiences this academic year.
As a Behavioral Health Ambassador, Sydneigh will develop and deliver presentations about behavioral health related topics to undergraduates on campus. Additionally, Ambassadors will facilitate Career Chats, or 20 minute conversations with 3 to 5 students, about their own academic/career journeys. The goals of these activities are to increase awareness of and share the cultural capital needed to successfully enter behavioral health fields. Behavioral Health Ambassadors will receive mentoring, training, and resources via online meetings throughout the academic year and a mini-conference that will be held at Clark Atlanta University in February 2020.