Kaream Reid is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Denver where he is majoring in Finance and minoring in Japanese. Before working at the Equitas Project, Kaream had some experience with mental health while assisting veterans at the local VA hospital. It was there where he saw first-hand just how important mental health was, and this experience fueled his advocacy perspective when he later became a lobbyist for several veteran and higher education groups.

Due to a full-time student schedule, Kaream wasn’t able to continue working as a lobbyist; however, he focused his efforts on creating a healthier and more inclusive campus environment. He funded his community college’s first Black Student Association and partnered with other student groups and faculty to promote cultural events and spread mental health awareness. As a Black student, Kaream has an acute understanding of how straining college can be on mental health, and wanted to create a space that was supportive for students who were already at risk.

Most recently, he worked at the Equitas Project as the marketing assistant. It was a phenomenal opportunity that allowed him to focus his passions into the complex, multifaceted issue of mental illness and overincarceration. Kaream am excited to be a part of Mental Health Colorado now, and can’t wait to contribute in any way possible to such an important cause.