Jamila Allouane


Equitable Mental Health Service Delivery for Low-Income College Students of Color: Meeting their Unique Needs with Single-Sessions


Institutions of higher education are facing a crisis of access to mental health services. Simultaneously, research has shown that low-income college students of color are vulnerable to mental health concerns due to histories of poverty, racism, and discrimination. This presentation provides an overview of a capstone project comprising three distinct products. It aims to explore solutions to this population’s unique mental health needs. First, the results of the systematic literature review unravel how the needs of low-income students of color are met within existing college mental health service delivery models. The second explores the role of theory in building a robust ground for innovative solutions. An overview of a multidimensional theoretical framework composed of theories of Access, Minority Stress, and Intersectionality lays the ground for designing an equitable service delivery model. Lastly, the components of an innovative approach to equitable college mental health service delivery are reviewed, focusing on single-session intervention.


Jamila Allouane, LICSW, LCSW-C, is a social worker with extensive experience in community and college mental health. Jamila is passionate about championing mental health equity in higher education. She is an advocate for inclusive policies, improving access to quality mental health services, and designing equitable service delivery models. Jamila is committed to creating environments where every student/learner can thrive academically and personally. Jamila holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Algiers, Algeria; a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Bordeaux, France; and a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is in her last year of a doctoral program in social work at the University of Kentucky. She is fluent in French and Arabic and licensed to practice social work in Rhode Island and Maryland.