Mary Christie Quarterly

A quarterly magazine of news, information, and commentary on the issues that impact the health and wellness of college students.


A weekly roundup of news and research on the health and wellness of young adults.

Mental and Behavioral Health
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments last week in a case that centers on whether colleges and universities can be held responsible for a student’s suicide. The family of Han Duy Nguyen, an MIT graduate student who killed himself in 2009, sued the school for wrongful death, claiming MIT employees should have taken steps to prevent him from taking his own life. Martin Healy, chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Bar Association, discussed the issue with WBURsaying the case is being watched closely by the higher education community nationwide for any legal precedents that might come from it.

Diversity and Inclusion
In a statement signed by more than 75 student government presidents from across the country, University of Virginia student council president Sarah Kenny called on political leaders to do more to combat hate. The statement read, “We request and we require your full dedication to this collective work of fighting white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and all others forms of hate, even and especially when such action might prove challenging.”


The Mary Christie Foundation’s survey program provides insights and information on a range of student health issues facing administrators and policymakers.

Colloquia and Forums

The Foundation hosts symposiums and forums with thought leaderships and college leadership within a certain field or topic.

  • MCF Presidents’ Colloquium on Student Health and Wellness

    November 3-4, 2016

    The Mary Christie Foundation presents the MCF Presidents’ Colloquium on Student Health and Wellness – a two-day event designed for college and university presidents to share knowledge and produce new thinking on the expanding array of issues that make up student health and wellness.

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  • Preventing Opioid Deaths Among Young People

    In June, 2105, the Mary Christie Foundation and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation hosted a symposium on Capitol Hill for Members of Congress, their staff, Administration officials and the public.

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Awards Programs

The MCF recognizes young leaders and insight generators in the field of student health and wellness. We recognize and engage mid-career leaders, and young adults; and award individuals and teams that have the potential to produce important insights and impacts on topics related to college student health and wellness.

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Young Adult Council

The Young Adult Council brings together the vital perspective of college students and recent graduates to ensure we are addressing their concerns.

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