Especially during a pandemic, now is the time to prioritize mental health! Hampton University is doing its part to ensure students and alumni can receive well-timed advice on self-esteem, self-care, and more. They’ve even brought in a very special guest to help everyone get into the zone! Read the statement from Hampton below for more details!

 The Hampton University Student Counseling Center and Student Support Services will be holding their second virtual event, Deeply Rooted: The  Power of Your Authenticity, with guest speaker Michael Rainey Jr. The virtual event, designed for Hampton University students, takes place on Wednesday, January 27, starting at 5:45 pm.

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“The inaugural Deeply Rooted virtual event that the Student Counseling Center hosted last year was very successful. We are happy that Mr. Michael Rainey Jr. will be able to converse with our Hampton students about how important mental health is, especially in the Black community,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.

The Student Counseling Center will be speaking to Rainey about the power of authenticity and learning to live out our authentic lives. Rainey is an actor, best known for his role as Tariq St. Patrick on the Starz series “Power.”  Most recently, he has starred in “Power Book II: Ghost,” in which he learns how to navigate the pressures of multiple worlds.  

“We are particularly excited about this event, as it will offer an opportunity for our students reflect upon how authenticity can positively impact your mental wellness. During this event, we anticipate exploring topics such as vulnerability, navigating various social settings, and developing healthy ways to be authentic with ourselves and other” said Dr. Kristie Norwood, Director of the Hampton University Student Counseling Center.

“This ongoing partnership between The Student Support Services program and The Student Counseling Center is particularly special, as we have continued to provide student centered programming that promotes mental wholeness, but also the academic success and retention of our Hampton University students” added Dean Mikael Davis, Dean of Student Achievement.

Legacy Builders Insurance and Financial Services has graciously agreed to serve as a corporate sponsor for this event. As such, this company will be giving away over $500 in gift cards and giveaways. In addition, several Hampton University students will be afforded an opportunity to  to win a virtual VIP Meet and Greet with Rainey after the event is over.

To register for the event, click here.