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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Rachel Fenning

Reader 2

Cathy Reed

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This thesis explores the imperative for implementing neurodivergent support programs and mental health stigma reduction in higher education, focusing on the proven efficacy of such initiatives in enhancing the academic and personal lives of students. Neurodivergent students have stated that they haven’t received the necessary help when transitioning to a higher education program and this has hindered their ability to flourish and strive in a more demanding and challenging academic environment. The goal of this thesis is to highlight the overwhelming need for neurodivergent support programs in higher education and delve into the efficacy of such programs to encourage the implementation of one at Claremont Mckenna College (CMC). Negative mental health stigmas are also factors that interfere with a student’s ability to seek support. The reduction of these stigmas is integral to creating an inclusive environment on college campuses. By fostering awareness and understanding, these interventions would contribute to a more empathetic and supportive atmosphere that values neurodiversity. The positive impact extends beyond individual students, enriching the overall collegiate experience by embracing diverse perspectives. The proven success of these initiatives highlights their importance in creating a supportive and thriving academic community.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.