Update: Campaign for William James College

Making a Greater Difference Where it Matters Most

By Donald Siegel May 01, 2016

Donald Siegel, Vice Chair, William James College Board of Trustees; Chair, Campaign for William James College; Partner, Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP.

I am pleased to give you an update on campaign fundraising for William James College. We are actively raising funds and grants to support the college and its mission. We are also pleased with our purchase of the College’s building at One Wells Avenue, and have identified growth areas for our efforts going forward.

Investing in the future of William James College has given me, and those who have joined with us, the privilege of helping to advance the College’s commitment to meet critical needs in mental health care, and to train more qualified and culturally competent professionals in order to foster mental wellness in our homes, schools, workplaces, and beyond. Together, we are shifting perspectives, opening doors, and transforming the way we approach mental health in our society. It is a great time to be part of the College. We are building upon our established legacy toward an even more dynamic future by raising funds to support five key areas:

Child and Family Mental Health

We are actively equipping the next generation of professionals to meet the social and emotional needs of children and families at home and at school. Through increased funding for clinical research and program innovation, the expansion of our service-learning centers, and targeted investment in scholarships for students who are passionate about this work, we are deepening and extending our impact.

Military and Veterans Psychology

Our Train Vets to Treat Vets program prepares veterans to meet the special mental health needs of their colleagues and families as those who have served our country return home. We are continuing to develop this unique program into a model that can be replicated across the country. We are investing in scholarships for veterans who are already eager to work within the military community as mental health providers and working to attract more men and women with military service to take on careers in mental health.

Multicultural and Global Mental Health

It is well known that the number of racial and ethnically diverse mental health professionals is woefully inadequate to meet our existing needs in the United States. William James College has been successful in recruiting Spanish-speaking faculty and students into applied psychology careers, and it is time to expand that effort to more communities. Through increased funding for multicultural clinical research and program innovation, diversity-focused scholarships and increased opportunities for cultural immersion experiences, we are expanding our efforts to meet this ever-growing need.

Instructional Innovation

The experience and excellence of our faculty is key to our value as an institution, and staying ahead of the curve is integral to their success as teachers and mentors. From groundbreaking psychology research projects, to the development, teaching, and adoption of new technologies in mental health care, we are investing in what’s next. We are equipping students with technology and learning tools they need to succeed in graduate school.

Infrastructure and Environment

To accomplish each of these goals, William James College must invest in its infrastructure and technology. By taking full ownership of our campus at One Wells Avenue in Newton, we are better positioned to meet both internal and external needs through additional learning spaces, collaborative spaces, and service centers for the community—and we will have the convening spaces necessary to host important conversations with leaders, stakeholders, and the public.

I’m honored to be part of the College’s commitment to transform both lives and communities, and I invite you to join me in making this urgent vision a reality.