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

Introduction: History of DEI and Mission Statement

Since its inception in 1968, The Wright Institute has a history of diversity, equity and inclusion. Its mission of "Educating Clinicians to Society" has served as an organizing focus leading to the education, training and mentorship of many psychologists over its 50+ year history. The way we address diversity, equity and inclusion has changed over time to meet the needs of the students, and ultimately society. In 2019, under the backdrop of racialized violence and health disparities of the Covid-19 pandemic, our students organized to request additional support and called for the allocation of resources and the creation of the current office. In collaboration with DEI consultant Wendy Siu, Psy.D., the Wright Institute Board, staff, faculty and students helped to create the current office within the Counseling Master’s (MA) Program and Clinical Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Programs.

DEI’s mission is similar to that of the Wright Institute and is an intentional expansion of the mission of “Educating Clinicians to Society.” As such, DEI’s mission is:

“Educating and Training Clinicians to a More Socially Just Society”

Centering social justice addresses the needs of our communities and considers the impact of unequal power. Power differentials lead to certain groups being marginalized, having unequal access to opportunity, and being underrepresented in institutions of higher learning. This lack of equity is foundational in understanding the dynamics of inclusion and diversity. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at the Wright Institute seeks to challenge barriers to equity in order to bolster diversity and foster an inclusive community.

3 Broad Goals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • Diversity - At its core, diversity refers to representation. The Wright Institute endeavors to make historically underrepresented groups visible throughout the Institute with ongoing efforts of recruitment and retention of administrators, faculty, staff and students.
  • Equity - Equity refers to ensuring access to opportunities, resources and systemic accountability. Equity is sought by providing funded fellowships, targeted mentoring, systemic accountability and collaborative institutional governance that promotes a level playing field for all members of our community.
  • Inclusion - Inclusion means cultivating institutional policies that honor the experiences of historically marginalized communities and provide pathways toward change, including representation in advanced leadership. It also means experiencing a sense of belonging, being welcomed, being centered, and feeling respected within the Wright Institute community.

Program Objectives of DEI:

To carry-out our mission and meet the aforementioned goals, the Office of DEI has developed 4 objectives.

The 4 Objectives of DEI are…

  1. To institutionalize DEI through the creation of the office and evolution of its structure, to ensure systemic accountability.
  2. To support and train historically underrepresented students through the DEI Fellowship Program.
  3. To educate and train members of our community through Social-Justice Based Initiatives.
  4. To support and train faculty through Faculty Development Initiatives.

Institutional Structure & Systemic Accountability: Objective #1

In order to implement ongoing DEI efforts with systemic accountability, it is important that this work is institutionalized at the Wright. Currently the DEI administrative office consists of a Director and two postgraduate fellows to oversee its functions and implement programs. We practice diversity, equity and inclusion through interfacing with potential students, currently enrolled students, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators.

DEI works closely with other departments, programs, established committees, and task-forces; including the Mentoring Program, the Diversity Committee and the Anti-Racism Task Force. DEI is involved in faculty governance, administrative leadership, admissions work and plays an important role in institutional strategic planning and accreditation.

DEI is integrated throughout the Wright Institute via the…

  • Mentoring Program’s Student Affinity Groups- Student-led cultural identity groups.
  • Diversity Committee- DEI has membership on this standing committee that is comprised of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Faculty Governance- DEI is active in the General Faculty Council, Faculty Retreat, and Full Time Faculty Meetings.
  • Administrative leadership committees- DEI is active in both the Clinical Program Executive Committee and the Steering Committee.
  • Anti-Racism Task Force- An initiative from the Office of the President (in response to the Black Student Union), DEI is a member of this group made up of administrative leadership.
  • Psychologists for Social Responsibility- DEI is supportive of this external professional organization that has a Wright Institute chapter.
  • Open House Panel- Under the Office of Admissions, DEI presents to potential graduate school applicants.
  • Admissions Recruitment- DEI Fellows support the recruitment of a more diverse student body with targeted outreach to BIPOC graduate school applicants.
  • Strategic Plan and Accreditation- DEI Directors (from the Master’s & Psy.D. programs) collaborate to operationalize specific strategic plan initiatives that are instrumental to successful accreditation.
  • DEI Sponsored Courses- DEI Fellows and Staff lead these courses…
    • DEI Summer into Fall Institute- Required course for entering, first-year students.
    • In-the-Center- An advanced elective course for students of color.
  • Psy.D. Multicultural Curriculum- DEI consults with faculty who teach in this series
    • Multicultural Clinical Awareness (MCA)- Required course for first-year students.
    • Sociocultural Issues- Required course for second-year students.
    • Clinicians to Society- Elective course.

The focus of our efforts is both inward facing (within our community) and outward facing (into our local community). The workload is high and the trajectory is long and although we’ve made strides in DEI, much work remains to be done.

DEI Fellowship Program: Objective #2

The DEI Fellowship Program has an overarching goal to develop clinical leaders who center multicultural identity and experience at the heart of psychological well-being.

The Wright Institute DEI Fellowship Program aims to serve the mission of "Educating and Training Clinicians to a More Socially Just Society" through student funding, mentorship, and training.

The program further specifies the 3 tenets of DEI to our Fellows, with the following statement…

  • Diversity means we have an intentional focus on BIPOC and other aspects of multicultural intersectionality within the DEI fellowship program.
  • Equity means we provide financial support and specialized mentoring to those doing the valued work of multicultural diversity on behalf of the Wright Institute.
  • Inclusion means we belong at the Wright and in this profession. We claim our right for respect and embrace our responsibility to provide ethical, culturally responsive interventions within our professional practice and relationships.

The goals of the DEI Fellowship Program include:

  1. Goal #1 Recruit Multiculturally Diverse Students- Provide fellowships to reduce financial barriers to access.
  2. Goal #2 Retain Multiculturally Diverse Students- Provide support such as mentoring focused on professional development steeped in cultural intersectionality, establish a cohort for mutual peer support, and connect Fellows to other Wright resources. Fellows attend regular meetings that provide training and supervision.
  3. Goal #3 Develop Multiculturally Diverse Clinical Leaders- DEI Fellows serve as multicultural ambassadors. They learn to develop and implement social-justice based programs meant to enrich clinical education and training at the Wright Institute. Developing such leadership becomes the basis of culturally informed and responsive clinical service for meeting the psychological needs of our culturally diverse communities.

The Fellowship Program has 6 types of Fellows:

Click on the following Fellows to see what we do:

DEI Partners

DEI Partners are invited to collaborate on a social-justice based program of their choice. While they do not participate in the full program, they are involved in aspects of the program that are of interest and from which they may benefit. Partners must be eligible for federally funded work-study as this is the source of their funding.

DEI Junior Fellows

Junior Fellows are entering first-year students who apply for the Fellowship along with their application to the Wright Institute Clinical Psy.D. program. They receive individual and small group mentoring and meet with the larger DEI cohort several times a year. They are not required to implement a social-justice based program initiative, but are required to attend some of these events. DEI Junior Fellows receive a scholarship that is not hinged on work-study.

DEI Fellows

DEI Fellows are typically 3rd-4th year students who may or may not have been Junior Fellows. Fellows in this category receive individual, small group and large group mentoring. They are also required to implement social-justice based program initiatives. DEI Fellows are funded with a combination of scholarship and work-study.

DEI Senior Fellows

DEI Senior Fellows have often been previous DEI Fellows who applied to continue within the program, and are able to develop additional leadership skills through mentoring Junior Fellows. Fellows in this category receive individual, small group and large group mentoring and are required to implement social-justice based program initiatives. DEI Senior Fellows must be eligible for federally funded work-study as this is the source of their funding.

DEI APA Minority Fellow

DEI is the programmatic home when one of our Wright Institute students is awarded the prestigious APA-Minority Fellowship. DEI provides culturally tailored individual mentoring and the support of the large group DEI cohort. DEI provides a cost-sharing stipend with APA that is in alignment with an amount recommended by NRSA (National Research Service Award.)

Postgraduate Fellows

A DEI Post-Grad Fellowship is specialized training learning to mentor, teach, and develop programs related to DEI. Postgraduate Fellowships are funded through the DEI Office and the level is based on the 3 types of postgraduate fellowship.

  • DEI Post-Doc Fellowship- This Fellow has recently earned their doctoral degree in clinical psychology and must accrue post-doctoral hours.
  • DEI Pre-Licensure Fellowship- This Fellow has earned their doctoral degree in clinical psychology at least a year ago, has completed their post-doctoral hours, and is working toward licensure.
  • DEI Early Career Fellowship- This Fellow is an early career professional who has been licensed within the past 5-7 years and wants to train in DEI as a career shift or focus.

Educate and Train through Social-Justice Based Initiatives:
Objective #3

DEI Fellows are ambassadors-in-training for all things DEI. DEI Fellows and Senior Fellows develop and implement social-justice based program initiatives. They identify what we often refer to as passion projects related to the education and clinical training of those who are seeking to serve underserved communities of color. Fellows may choose to carry on the work of previously developed programs or initiate novel programs. Below is a list of social-justice based programming developed by Fellows and their DEI Mentors.

Various DEI Programs & Activities

  • DEI Summer into Fall Institute - This required course for entering students is to support them in gaining foundational psychological concepts undergirding racial justice as they begin their development as clinicians to society. Students will gain an understanding of key concepts, and will begin developing emergent skills of cultural humility, which include self-reflection, interrupting bias, decreasing microaggressions and engaging in challenging dialogue.
  • In the Center - This is an elective for students of color to have their professional development experience held at the center as they learn to become culturally informed practitioners. This is in response to the tradition where much clinical “training implicitly and explicitly centers [the experience of] White clinicians.” This quote is from the article “Recommendations for Creating and Teaching a Graduate Psychology Course Exclusively for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Students” by Kadaba, Chow, and Briscoe-Smith in Teaching of Psychology 2022, Vol. 0(0) 1–8.
  • On Being - 3 guiding questions steeped in spirituality - This series is motivated by and imagined from the “On Being” podcast by Krista Tippet. Presenters are all asked the same 3 questions exploring the role of spirituality. In our series, we invite psychologists from diverse spiritual/faith communities to reflect upon the relationship between their faith and their practice of psychology.
  • Consulta Clínica - This course, created by DEI Alums Richie Koenig and Claudia Miranda (F17), establishes an intercohort and transtheoretical consult group at the Wright so that bi/multilingual students have a space to safely develop their professional identity and their clinical skills in Spanish. Consulta Clínica aims to privilege interdependent Latinx clinical culture and enhance the quality of care that students' patients receive. The course meets weekly and is supervised by Dr. Ureño and led by Belén Mora-Navarro (F19), Priscilla Martin (F20), and Guadalupe Espinoza (F20).
  • Latinx Mental Health Series - This series explores treatment issues for diverse clients of the Latinx community and seeks to increase cultural awareness of mental health providers serving the Latinx community. It is open to anyone within the Wright community to attend.
  • DEI Newsletter - Click here to read our newsletter and learn more about our work.

Faculty Development: Objective #4

DEI aims to support faculty development by providing CE training and programs in diversity, equity, and inclusion, consultation to increase representation and diversity in course syllabi, relational consultation, and supporting new and returning faculty in acculturating to a shifting cultural landscape. A landscape that is dynamic in its response to the needs of a growing culturally diverse community. Additionally, faculty affinity groups such as The Black Faculty Meet-Up Group and a faculty arm of the White Privilege and Accountability Group provide another layer of support.

DEI provides classroom support through strengthening and updating curricula through:

  • Syllabi review
  • Literature search
  • Consultation groups for faculty
  • Classroom observation
  • Access to speakers, trainings, and videos etc.

Who are we?

DEI Team

It's time to meet the DEI Family!!!

Dr. ThompsonDr. Veronique Thompson (she/her/hers)
DEI Director, Clinical (PsyD) Program

Dr. Veronique Thompson is a licensed clinical psychologist, tenured faculty member of the Wright Institute and director of clinical training at Carl B. Metoyer Center for Family Counseling in East Oakland. She received her BA in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta and her PhD from U.C., Berkeley. Her advanced professional training has been in Narrative Therapy and Social Justice Therapy.

Dr. Thompson is originally from the East Coast. She was raised in a working-class, large extended family, in Boston. She is first-generation college, an avid dancer, a yoga enthusiast, and a plant-based eater. She lives in Oakland, in a multigenerational family home with her mother, sister, son, nephew and cat.

Her core professional interests lie within African-American and other communities of color, helping to increase positive mental health and to train others who share this commitment. She brings this same commitment to her work in the office of DEI, helping the Wright to fulfill its mission of “Educating Clinicians to [a more socially just] Society.”

Dr. ZarabiDr. Marriam Zarabi (she/her/hers)
Postgraduate Fellow

Marriam Zarabi, PsyD, graduated from the Wright Institute in 2021 and works for the DEI Office as a Postgraduate Fellow. Dr. Zarabi completed her postdoctoral hours at the Wright Institute Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Clinic and the DEI Office. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, she supervised the Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Race-Based Stress, a group therapy service for clients of color experiencing racial discrimination in various contexts, including but not limited to the twin pandemics of racialized violence and Covid-19, providing culturally responsive DBT interventions. Her research, teaching and clinical focus includes addressing race-based stress, advancing health equity, and translating Western clinical interventions in service to diverse populations and in pursuit of culturally responsive care. Farsi is her first language. Serving as a DEI Fellow following the inception of the DEI Office, it is an honor to collaboratively broaden the nature and scope of working as a Clinician to Society.

DEI Senior Fellows and Fellows

Guadalupe EspinozaGuadalupe Espinoza
Fourth Year, Senior Fellow

Guadalupe Espinoza is a fourth-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley. She identifies as a second-generation Mexican-American and is bilingual and bicultural. She received her B.S. in psychology from the University of La Verne in 2017. Her clinical training includes working with children and adolescents in public schools in Oakland, California, and college students at Mills College at Northeastern University. Guadalupe is dedicated to working with marginalized communities and advocating for their needs within and outside clinical settings. Passionate about supporting high school students and first-generation college-bound individuals, Guadalupe served as a mentor for 2022-2023 school year for The Wright Institute Psychology Internship Program. This program, overseen by Wright Institute faculty member Dr. Anastasia Kim, aims to assist first-generation college-bound students in learning about psychology and potential career paths. This year, she has taken on a new role as a co-program manager. Guadalupe's dissertation research revolves around exploring the relationship between familismo and career development in first and second-generation Latinx individuals who are the first in their families to graduate from college.

Esther MouEsther Mou
Fourth Year, Senior Fellow

Esther Mou is a 4th-year PsyD student at the Wright Institute whose main interests include supporting the healing of marginalized folx in communities of color, supporting the mental wellness of immigrant and international students, and working to destigmatize mental health issues in East Asian communities. She identifies as Taiwanese-American herself, and is passionate about having reflective conversations about AAPI identity, AAPI discrimination, and the collective healing of the AAPI community through a compassionate and multicultural lens. She is currently undergoing clinical training at the College Wellness Program, and loves working with college students, families, and children in the CAPS and community mental health settings. Esther is also an avid foodie, a connoisseur of boba milk tea, and a proud momma of two cats.

Sredha ShineSredha Shine
Fourth Year, Senior Fellow

Sredha Shine is currently in her fourth year in the clinical psychology doctoral program at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Sredha’s identities as an immigrant and South Indian woman drive her passion to make mental health more accessible to marginalized populations and work towards reducing the shame and stigma of mental health diagnoses prevalent in many communities. As part of her clinical training at the Wright Institute, she is currently working with children and families at Kaiser Oakland. Her dissertation focuses on understanding the experiences of 1.5 and second-generation Indian American survivors of sexual violence in the United States. In her free time, Sredha enjoys spending time with her loved ones, watching TV shows, and eating yummy food.

Jacqueline DuongJacqueline Duong
Fourth Year, Fellow

Jacqueline Duong is a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at the Wright Institute with a focus in child assessment. She is a first-generation Vietnamese-American with a passion for treating neurodivergent populations. Jacqueline graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Psychology with a Minor in Dance as well as an MA in Counseling. Furthermore, she has experience employing the following therapeutic techniques: dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills, crisis de-escalation, creative dance, applied behavioral analysis (ABA), Floortime, interpersonal psychotherapy, and social skills training. Currently, she works as a neuropsychological assessor at Stanford's Brain Development Lab and as an advanced assessment trainee at Fremont Hospital. In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys dancing, rock climbing, painting, crocheting, painting, and cooking. She is thrilled to join the DEI Office as a fellow!

Omali SenaratnaOmali Senaratna
Fourth Year, Fellow

Omali Senaratna is a fourth-year clinical psychology student at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She received her B.S. in Psychology from The University of California, San Diego. Omali's intersectional realities as a second-generation Sri Lankan- American drive her passions for equitable accessibility to healing and empowerment of the holistic self within systemic structures. With previous experiences in community mental health, school-based settings, and home therapy, Omali strives to provide culturally humble, trauma-informed care to diverse and under-resourced communities. She collaborates from relational, social justice, existential, and feminist perspectives. Omali is currently placed at the UC Berkeley CAPS Career & Wellness Internship. She enjoys nature adventures and moments with friends and family in her free time.

Summer HadlaSummer Hadla
Third Year, Fellow

Summer is a third year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the Wright Institute. She identifies as Muslim American and Arab American. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 before taking time off to teach elementary-aged children at an Islamic school in Brentwood. Summer has a passion for helping others. Specifically, she is interested in working to help educate and support incarcerated Muslims. She has worked for the Tayba Foundation, helping create a program that provides support to women who are reentering into society after incarceration. She is also completing her dissertation on faith after incarceration for Muslim converts. Summer works from a trauma-informed lens, and hopes to one day become a forensic expert witness and support those who have not been given equal opportunity. She currently is working at Adventist Health in Vallejo, an inpatient hospital that provides acute psychiatric care for children, adolescents, and adults. As a DEI fellow, Summer hopes to bring awareness and reduce stigma of religion at the Wright Institute while also encouraging open dialogue and discussion about difficult topics. Outside of school, Summer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, reading, cooking and baking, and trying new foods!

Karina WilliamsKarina Williams
Third Year, DEI Fellow

Karina Williams is a third-year graduate student working on her PsyD at the Wright Institute. She identifies as a first-generation Caribbean American and in the future she hopes to serve marginalized communities, people of color, and those who have less access to resources or mental wellness. Her clinical training has consisted of supporting the high school students of Sylvester Greenwood Academy and working with LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected adults through the UCSF Alliance Health Project. This year, she is enjoying working with children and disability-impacted families at Through the Looking Glass in Berkeley. Beyond her clinical work, Karina is a passionate reader, writer, roller skater, Animal Crossing player, and —most importantly— a bird mom.

Ivy CapshawIvy Capshaw (she/her)
Third Year, DEI Fellow

Ivy is a third-year doctoral student at the Wright Institute with a BA in psychology from San Francisco State University. She is a bicultural Mexican-American woman who is dedicated to promoting social justice in her clinical work and studies. Committed to providing accessible mental health care to marginalized communities, her primary focus lies in aiding traumatized children and individuals impacted by the carceral system towards healing. Her clinical experience includes working with adults with substance use and co-occurring disorders in a community mental health setting, and adolescents with varying mental health concerns in a school-based setting. Ivy’s current practicum placement is with Carl B. Metoyer Center for Family Counseling. Her dissertation research delves into the narratives of young adults who experienced parental incarceration during their early childhood years.

DEI Junior Fellows

Shah ShepherdShah Shepherd
First Year, Junior Fellow

Shah Shepherd is a 1st-year PsyD student who was born in Portland and raised in Alaska. Living in the Bay area for over 10 years, Shah received an AA–T in Psychology and AA in Behavioral Health Sciences from City College of San Francisco before transferring to UCSD and receiving a BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Developmental Sciences. Formerly a hairstylist, he has worked in many capacities. His most recent role includes supporting Homeless TAY youth as a Case Manager. Shah’s interests are understanding the lived experience of underrepresented communities as he develops skills to foster an integrative healing and coping environment. He plans to work with individuals struggling with trauma, PTSD, and personality disorders. During his spare time, he can be found dancing, traveling, baking cookies, eating with friends, composing poetry, or fussing with his plant babies.

Ayo Olu-OdumosuAyo Olu-Odumosu
First Year, DEI Junior Fellow

Ayo Odumosu is a first year clinical student at the Wright Institute. Ayo is a daughter of Nigerian immigrants who aims to work with BIPOC, Queer, and Immigrant communities. She is currently placed in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic and is excited to work in a community based clinic that provides accessible and affordable mental health services.

DEI Partners

Alma Karina RiggsAlma Karina Riggs (she/hers/ella)
Second Year, Partner

Alma immigrated to Texas at eight years old from Tamaulipas, México. She continued to spend the summers there with her maternal grandmother after immigrating, where she discovered the Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. Today Alma remains exploring psychoanalytic literature with an interest in applying social justice principles to psychodynamic therapy. After spending a year training at WI Recovery Clinic, Alma will continue at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco, empowering homeless and low-income families, particularly mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood, through offering psychotherapy services in English and Spanish. This year, Alma is the Wright Institute Students of Color Group and Consulta Clínica co-leader. Alma attended St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, where she graduated with honors in psychology and history. She enjoys writing poetry in Spanglish to give voice to the journey of immigration from México to the United States and supporting DEI initiatives.

Anthony RamirezAnthony Ramirez
Second Year, Partner

I am a second-year doctorate Junior Fellow at the Wright Institute, and have been in California since the beginning of my undergrad. My clinical experience commenced early in my undergrad and included working with clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, varying in age and level on the spectrum. My research focus will include LatinX cultural factors in the validity of assessments and treatments for ASD in terms of misdiagnosis and accuracy of language.

APA MFP Fellows

Yves-Yvette YoungYves-Yvette Young, MPH
Third Year

Yves-Yvette Young, MPH is an American Psychological Association MFP Fellow and a third-year doctoral student at The Wright Institute. She graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a BS in Psychology and obtained her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked as a Research Scientist and focused on global health and birth equity research.

Yves-Yvette has a strong interest in working with neurodiverse children and families in BIPOC communities. Her clinical training experiences have included working with high school and college students in Contra Costa County and she has also worked with adults across the lifespan at the Berkeley CBT clinic. She is currently a doctoral trainee at Pacific Clinics where she conducts neurodevelopmental diagnostic evaluations for children and is also a neuropsychological assessor in UCSF’s Learning, Engineering & Neural Systems (brainLENS) Lab. She is committed to working within underserved communities with those who face the most barriers to accessing high-quality, equitable, and culturally competent mental health care.

Grace LiuGrace Liu
Second Year

Grace Liu is a second-year doctoral student at the Wright Institute. She received the Minority Fellowship and aims to work with BIPOC communities in healthcare and community settings. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. double major in biology and psychology where she also worked in a research lab that examined the effects of DBT on mothers with Borderline Personality Disorder. Grace aims to provide trauma-informed care to various populations, including adolescents and older adults. Her interests include the intersection of physical disabilities and age with psychology, decreasing the mental health stigma in Asian communities, and trauma processing. In her free time, Grace loves cooking, gardening, and running.

Applying for a DEI Fellowship:

If you are interested in applying for a DEI Fellowship…

  1. If you are applying to the Wright Institute as an entering student and would also like to apply for a DEI Junior Fellowship, complete the supplemental prompt in the admissions application by the January 5th deadline.
  2. DEI Fellowship applications for currently enrolled Wright Institute students will be available in April 2024 (you can also contact the Office of DEI for more information
  3. If you would like to apply for a DEI Postgraduate Fellowship, contact the Director of DEI at