The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recognized the need for Black-led and Black-centered clinical praxis and responded with the creation of the Emerging Black Clinicians Fellowship (EBCF) in 2021. This fellowship is specifically for Black students in the Master of Counseling Psychology (MCP) programs. It has been designed to offer mutual support, culturally relevant pedagogy, and immersive community-focused experiences.

Core faculty member Deanna Jimenez, LMFT, is the EBCF project manager. Deanna leads the fellowship with intentionality, leveraging her years of clinical expertise to support fellows as they matriculate through the MCP program at CIIS and begin their clinical practice in the Bay Area and across the country.  Fellows are selected annually and take part in a rich and supportive learning community.

The EBCF Experience

EBCF fellows enjoy a cohort-based experience that includes three day-long intensives, a speaker series, monthly meetings with the Bay Area chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, and monthly cohort interpersonal work. Fellows receive a stipend and also benefit from ongoing support from Deanna and the cohort. This program is made possible through a generous grant from an anonymous foundation.

EBCF Presentations

Each semester, EBCF fellows share all they have learned through the fellowship experience with the CIIS community. All EBCF events are open to the entire CIIS community.

How Do I Become an EBCF Fellow?

Each year, the fellowship will open applications for a new cohort. Applications are now open. If you are interested in applying this year, visit this link. If you would like to learn more about the fellowship, send an email to

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