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The visit by bestselling author and radio personality Charlamagne tha God to Essex County College on October 24 was the highlight of the College’s Wellness Awareness Day. It also shined a very bright spotlight on the College’s initiatives for both physical and mental wellness under the leadership of President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe.
In front of more than 400 students in Smith Hall, Charlamagne was interviewed for 30 minutes by the College’s Alfred Bundy, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement. The interview centered on Charlamagne’s New York Times bestselling book Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me. The host of Power 105.1’s popular Breakfast Club also candidly talked how he has dealt with his anxiety and other mental health issues.
The College has opened a campus Wellness Center, under the direction of Clinical Director Dr. Zoya McCants. After Dr. McCants discussed the wide spectrum of services the Wellness Center and accompanying Food Pantry offer, she and Charlamagne fielded questions from the students.
“Charlamagne’s mission to help everyone who deals with the challenges of anxiety and mental health issues is truly commendable,” Dr. Munroe said.
Dr. Munroe has been developing a series of non-academic wrap-around services and resources which help address a wide range of student needs and concerns. The Food Pantry and Wellness Center are keys component among these services.
Charlamagne also presented autographed copies of Shook One to some lucky students.
The campus event was produced by the Office of Institutional Advancement and co-sponsored by iHeartMedia, the parent company of Power 105.1. In addition to assisting in the success of the on-campus event, iHeartMedia provided complimentary student tickets to a pre-concert event in Brooklyn on October 23 and to the sold-out Power 105.1 Powerhouse 2019 October 26 concert at Prudential Center, with a lineup including Migos and Meek Mill.
Photo by Victor Colon, Essex County College Graphics Department