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Who can I talk to at CIIS if I have questions or concerns?

  • For students, contact Student Affairs, Yunny Yip: yyip@ciis.edu.
  • For faculty, contact the Provost, Liz Beven: ebeven@ciis.edu | 415.575.6105.
  • For staff, contact your supervisor.
  • For everyone: If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, have been diagnosed with it, or have been in proximity to someone who is known to have the virus, please contact Human Resources, Susan Yun: susanyun@ciis.edu | 415.575.6191.

All information is kept strictly confidential.

CARES Act Information

Date Last Updated: May 15, 2020

In compliance with the provisions of the CARES Act regarding the awarding of emergency funds to students, this page provides information relevant to the CARES Act.

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

CARES signed agreement submitted on April 16, 2020.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.


  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

As of May 14, 2020, the total amount distributed to students as emergency financial aid grants is $ 176,178.00.

  1. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

There are 968 students eligible to participate (based on FAFSA eligibility and eligible programs).

  The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  • As of May 14, 2020, 141 students received the Emergency Financial Aid Grant.
  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

Awarding Criteria: Funding amounts will vary based on the circumstances that may be directly impacting your education, and are not to exceed an amount of $1,500, as determined by California Institute of Integral Studies.

         CIIS opened up the CARES Act Application to all students who are eligible to complete a 2019-2020 Fafsa with an application deadline on May 8, 2020.  May 11, 2020 the Cares Act Committee reviewed all applicants and allocated the funds in three groups:

Undergraduates-who met the eligible criteria and submitted the Cares Act application by said deadline.

Graduate/Professional students with dependents- who met the eligible criteria and submitted the Cares Act application by said deadline.

All other Graduate/Professional students- who met the eligible criteria and submitted the Cares Act application by said deadline.

  1. Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible degree program at the time of application
  • Must be a U.S citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must Be eligible to complete a FAFSA application

Free Resources

CIIS Podcasts

Mari Andrew: On Creativity, Empathy, and Resiliency

In this episode, Author and Illustrator Mari Andrew is joined by fellow author and illustrator Nicole J. Georges for a conversation about finding personal healing by creating work that shines a light on feelings we all have, but don’t always reveal.

Tim Desmond: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life

Join integrative health expert Megan Lipsett for a conversation with Tim about his approach to mindfulness practices designed for surviving the sometimes-miserable world we currently live in.

Marlee Grace: Creativity and Radical Self Care

Improviser and writer Marlee Grace talks with Julia Plevin, the creator of Forest Bathing Club about Marlee’s book: How To Not Always Be Working.

Erica Williams Simon: Change Your Story, Change Your Life

In this conversation, psychologist Christine Brooks talks with author and social critic Erica Williams Simon about how she got “story smart” to challenge the narratives about fear, work, identity, success, love, and life that we have all been taught.

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Professor and activist Jennifer Wells talks with author and community organizer Trebbe Johnson about her lifelong dedication to finding and making beauty in the Earth’s broken places.

Mental Health

Coronavirus Daily short NPR updates

COVID-19: Mental Health in the Age of Coronavirus (United Nations News and World Health Organization Guidance)

How to build a "Psychological First Aid Kit"

Being Mindful of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak

How to Reduce the Psychological Impact of Quarantine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Covid-19

Chinese herbal medicine for coronavirus in the US

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Self-Care and Wellness

Staying Sane during Coronavirus (and Other) Outbreaks with Craig Chalquist, PhD

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Sleep Hygiene

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What the coronavirus pandemic tells us about our relationship with the natural world

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Family Resources

Supporting Families During COVID-19

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus, New York Times

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus, PBS Kids

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019, NCTSN

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic, ChildTrends

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Houston Zoo (youtube)

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Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (youtube)

Cosmickidsyoga (youtube)

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls (podcast)

Endless Reader (app/youtube)

Indoor activities for kids, The Lean Green Bean

Nature Webinars, ERAFANS

A Germ-fighting Superhero, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood/PBS Kids

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