The Wright Institute Counseling Program Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Wright Institute has a long history of addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion since its inception. Its mission of "Educating Clinicians to Society" has served as an organizing focus leading to the training and mentorship of many counselors, psychologists, and therapists over its 50-year history. The work to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has changed over time to meet the needs of its students, and ultimately, society. Most recently, our students organized to request additional support and called for the allocation of resources and the creation of the current office of DEI. In collaboration with a consultant, the board, staff, faculty, and students helped to create the current office within the clinical and counseling programs. In its first year, the counseling program DEI office seeks to focus on two goals:

  • Support the training of a diverse student body to meet the needs of our community
  • Support a culture of belonging

To carry out our goals, we have created the following events, programs, and support systems:

DEI Student Fellows and Fellowship: Student DEI fellows provide mentoring to other students and support the goals of the DEI office. The office offers two student fellowships (typically one for first year and one for second/third year students) to help support the recruitment of a diverse student body, to reduce financial barriers, and support retention efforts. The DEI student fellowships offer training, mentoring, supervision, and help students to develop and become familiar with theory, research, and practice about DEI related issues.

DEI Counseling Program Scholarships: The Counseling Program DEI office provides scholarships to two DEI fellows: one first-year student, and one second/third-year student. Each fellow receives a $5,000 scholarship plus work study at working student rate up to a maximum of an additional $5,000 each. Once a student is admitted into the program, they can apply for the fellowship before the start of the academic year. Detailed information about the application will be provided to incoming students and application and recruitment information will be available for current students in June.

Student Support: The DEI office is committed to supporting a community of belonging. The DEI Director and student fellows are available to meet with students online or in person to engage in brave conversations, facilitate difficult dialogues, and provide space to explore and discover areas of resource at the Wright.

Consultation and Collaboration: The office provides consultation to administration, staff, and faculty on DEI issues. We collaborate with our accessibility office, admissions, numerous committees, mentoring program, field placement office and with the clinical program.

Faculty Consultation: DEI fellows partner with faculty members to review courses and provide consultation on how to intentionally weave and add upon DEI content throughout course curriculum. Further, the DEI fellows Library Project includes helping the counseling program and MA library create a DEI section, review current videos for span of representation, and research and suggest new resources for the curriculum.

Training and Events: The DEI office provides training and events. Training and events are designed to build community and awareness, foster inclusion, bridge intersectional identities, and empower and amplify a broad range of voices.

Strategic Planning: Both directors of DEI are engaged in the strategic planning for the school. Dr. Briscoe-Smith (PsyD Program) facilitated the kick off, opening events where all had a chance to articulate their vision for the school. We will be integrating feedback and a focus on DEI throughout the strategic planning process. Current strategic planning outcomes include an Institute wide Anti-Racism Task Force and program wide Multicultural and Sensitivity (MAS) Course Curriculum Committee.

Community Survey: We conducted a community survey to learn about the needs of the community and how the DEI office can best support faculty, students, and staff. More details to follow.

Student Events and Resources: At the start of the year we hold social events and a BIPOC and first generation mixer during new student orientation. The DEI office provides ongoing resource to students, staff, and faculty in the program. We also strongly encourage 1st year students to reach out to their student mentors in the mentoring program and all students to explore affinity groups and other community connections.

Conferences: The DEI office, faculty, and students recently presented at the Asian American Psychological Association Conference (AAPA). Students Judy Huang, Ananya Rajaraman, Marie Tajon-Scott with faculty members Dr. Chen and Professor Thakore-Dunlap presented, "You (only) Have A Master's Degree?": Revisioning Internal And External Narratives Of Achievement And The Model Minority Myth. For the upcoming 2021-22 year faculty are anticipating possible attendance and presentations at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit. More information to be detailed throughout the year.

DEI Related National Involvement: Professor Dunlap is a current training advisory committee member for the American Psychological Association, Minority Fellowship Program where she advises, and provides mentoring to STAY Fellows across the country. Several of our current students and alumni have received funding and mentoring from this program.

Who are we?

Rebecca Stevenson, PsyD (she/her)
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Rebecca Stevenson has extensive experience working clinically and non-clinically within K-12 schools, foster systems, juvenile corrections systems, and the community. Much of her work has had an overlying emphasis on complex trauma and systemic empowerment of children, youth, families, and young adults. Dr. Stevenson began her administrative academic career advocating and developing Project Pipeline, a grant based scholarship program that provided educational access and professional development opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students from marginalized and underserved communities.

Prior to the Wright, Dr. Stevenson was the Director of School Based Services at Seeds of Awareness. Further, she has engaged in program research ranging from positive youth development programming efficacy, sport based youth empowerment program efficacy for under-resourced youth, parenting program efficacy in communities of color, and assessment of best practices when working with alternative families. Dr. Stevenson has also worked clinically, been an advocate, and developed programs in the disability community. She has been a mentor in Adult Day Service programs, a clinician working with children and families with medical, physical, and cognitive disabilities, and has created and ran exploratory play and gymnastic programs for Autistic children and their families.

Dr. Stevenson is both the Assistant Program Director and DEI Director for the MA Counseling Program at the Wright. She also teaches courses including, but not limited to, Professional Development Seminar, Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Family Violence and Protection. Dr. Stevenson is dedicated to building authentic connections, strong relationships, and engaging with individuals and communities to become the most empowered and integrated version of themselves.

Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, LMFT (she/her)
DEI Fellowship Supervisor

Professor Dunlap is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a PPSc (School Counseling Credential). In addition, Professor Dunlap maintains a private practice in San Francisco where she provides counseling, coaching, and clinical supervision. Professor Dunlap has extensive clinical experiences working with children, adolescents, schools, families, and adults.

Professor Dunlap has over 20 years of teaching experience at high school, community college, and university level in the United Kingdom and United States. She is a trained school counselor and has extensive experience providing therapy in school-based settings. Professor Dunlap's interest and passion for Asian American mental health, South Asian clinical needs, school-based mental health, supporting immigrant clients, and mentoring emerging leaders who identify as a person of color have led her presenting at national and international conferences and publishing articles and textbooks which include: Guidelines On Bullying and Victimization for AAPI K-12 Students to School Professionals and Parents (in 4 languages), Motherhood: A Guide to Surviving the First 30 Days, and Group Counseling with South Asian Immigrant High School Girls: Reflections and Commentary of a Group Facilitator. Professor Dunlap is working with Drs. Devika Srivastava and Nita Tewari on an upcoming book with Routledge on Counseling South Asian Americans, it's the first of its kind in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

In her free time, Professor Dunlap is active in the community and is on several committees and boards including: board member for the San Francisco Mental Health Commission; current training advisory committee member for The American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP); past board member for The Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) and past chair on Division on Practice.

M. Maynard (they/she)
DEI Student Fellow

M. Maynard is a 2nd year DEI student Fellow, 2nd year M.A. student, Student Mentor, served as a student representative on the Wright's Executive Committee their first year, and is currently in practicum at MLK Middle School in Berkeley. Maynard has a long standing passion for community building and advocacy work and is an experienced grassroots organizer. Maynard holds a degree in Communication and Social Change and Political Economy and spent many years in Early Childhood Education. Maynard identifies as white, queer, genderqueer, neurodiverse, and a first generation college student. Maynard is dedicated to dismantling the oppressive systems that persist in the field of Mental Health.

Lena Murphy (she/they)
DEI Student Fellow

Lena Murphy (she/they) is a first-year DEI student fellow. Lena is a Queer, Black woman who received her BA in Media and Communications Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Lena is passionate about connecting with and serving her community and does this as a volunteer Support Group Facilitator at the Pacific Center for Human Growth, an LGBTQIA+ center in Berkeley. In her free time, Lena enjoys weaving, hiking, second-hand fashion, and camping with friends. Lena looks forward to connecting with others in the Wright Community who are passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion.

Elizabeth Montes (she/her)
DEI Office Assistant

Elizabeth is a second year student who will be doing her practicum at College of Alameda. As a first generation Mexican American student, she is passionate about serving marginalized communities and has a special interest in working with transitional age youth. She loved her time as a first year DEI fellow and wishes to continue integrating DEI frameworks into her future work.

How to contact us: dei_ma@wi.edu or rstevenson@wi.edu

Upcoming Events
  • Orientation Day Meet and Greet for BIPOC Students and First Generation College Students
    August 16, 2021
    Hosted by DEI Director and Student Fellows
  • Affinity Group Meetings
    Recurring
    Hosted by Student Mentors
  • Student Mentor Drop-in Office Hours
    Recurring
    Hosted by Student Mentors
  • DEI Drop-in Office Hours
    Recurring
    Hosted by DEI Director and Student Fellows
  • Recent Events
  • BIPOC Community Event to Connect
    July 12, 2021
    Hosted by DEI Office and Program Diversity Committee
  • Immigration Series Open Forum
    June 24, 2021
    Hosted by DEI Student Fellows
  • Holding Space for Racialized Violence
    June 12, 2021
    In collaboration with the Clinical Program DEI Office, mentoring program, and students
  • Immigration Series Student Panel
    May 13, 2021
    Hosted by DEI Student Fellows
  • Sharing The Diverse Ways We Care For Ourselves and Each Other
    May 5, 2021
    Hosted by Program Diversity Committee
  • Breaking Barriers as BIPOC/First Gen Grad Students in Psychology
    April 29, 2021
    Hosted by Wright Institute Pipeline Diversity Recruitment Program
  • Meet the Counseling Program Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
    April 13, 2021
    Hosted by DEI Office and Admissions
  • Our Relationship with White Supremacy: Faculty Perspectives from Target and Non-target Membership
    January 22, February 23, and March 23, 2021
    Hosted by Core Faculty
  • Promoting Wellness Among Middle Eastern and North African Arabic and Persian/Farsi Speaking Communities
    January 19, 2021
    Hosted by Sidra Community Wellness Program
  • Orientation Day Meet and Greet for BIPOC students and First Generation College Students
    August 17, 2020
    Hosted by BIPOC and First Generation Faculty and Staff