2021 MFP Year Highlights
Recently, the ninety (90) 2021–2022 Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellows awarded this prestigious fellowship completed their program year during the 2022 MFP Training and Bridging the Gap Symposium. A number of master’s-level fellows graduated in spring 2022, have taken the National Counselor Examination (NCE), and are on their way to licensure in their respective states. Many continue in school getting ready for fall practicums as well as serving in new advocacy opportunities at their universities or through local and state-wide organizations.
In addition to many individual accomplishments, a number of 2021 fellows celebrated personal events with engagements, marriages, births of new children, opening private practices, successfully defending dissertations, earning counselor educator faculty jobs, and many more!
Several 2021 fellows shared awards and achievements reached during their fellowship year, which are highlighted below.
Congratulations to these fellows and all our 2021 cohorts for their hard work and dedication toward bridging the gap in mental health resources and services throughout their communities and institutions. The NBCC Foundation looks forward to seeing the many arenas these students, counselors, and counselor educators impact in the months and years ahead.
2021 MFP Addictions Counseling Master’s Fellows
- Hilary Flint (she/they) recently graduated from East Carolina University, passed the NCE, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, and is now working with C&C Betterworks, PA, offering online mental health counseling to clients across North Carolina. Hilary seeks to provide an affirming space for LGBTQ2SAI+ individuals and is excited to expand their services and client base.
- Domonique Kent (she/her) recently graduated from Marquette University with a master’s in clinical mental health counseling and works with Rogers Behavioral Health in Wisconsin. During her final year of school, Domonique worked on a committee at Marquette to provide antiracist recommendations for counseling professionals and the counseling psychology department to improve their work with BIPOC students and create a more inclusive academic environment.
- Gus Raymond (he/him) is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Iowa and will graduate in fall 2022 with a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Adler University. Gus recently began working as the Director of Prevention and Intervention for the Storm Lake Community School District while he continues his counseling internship and serves as the board chair for One Iowa Action, which works to preserve and advance the rights of LGBTQ+ Iowans through grassroots efforts, policy work, voter education, and advocacy. He also recently served as a panelist for the National Council for Mental Wellbeing on a presentation called “Providing Affirming and Supportive Care to Transgender Individuals in Integrated Care Settings.”
2021 MFP Mental Health Counseling Master’s Fellows
- Connie Gago Krause (she/her) is currently in her final year of the clinical mental health counseling program at Liberty University. During her internship, she served the Latino/a community. She has a particular interest in providing holistic, trauma-informed, and culturally competent care to first generation immigrants. While in school, Connie also works to provide bilingual support to sexual assault survivors and coaches her team to provide trauma-informed, survivor-centered care.
- Amber Slaughter (she/her) recently graduated from The University of Alabama (UA), passed the NCE, and was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at UA. Amber has also begun working with Work in Progress, LLC, providing mental health counseling services, including telehealth, to Black women, men, children, and families living in rural areas of west Alabama.
2021 MFP Mental Health Counseling Doctoral Fellows
- Claudia Mai Nguyen (she/her) is a doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program at George Washington University (GWU). She is a licensed professional counselor offering individual and couples counseling in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area and is involved with the Asian Mental Health Collective to increase mental health knowledge and access to resources within Asian American communities. In the fall of 2021, Claudia was selected by her peers as the student representative for GWU’s inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and serves to promote equity amongst all students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
- Dhruvi Patel (she/her) is a doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on first- and second-generation South Asian American immigrants in the United States. She was recently named a 2022–2023 Emerging Leader with the Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC), was granted the Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Conference Presentation Award, and became chair of AHC’s first ever interest network on existentialism.
- Warren Wright (he/him) is a doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). He was recently awarded the Outstanding Counselor Supervisor Award from the College of Education at SHSU. In 2019, Warren authored the book A Dose of Motivation: Taking Ownership of Your Life, Tapping Into Your Potential, and Stepping Into Your Purpose, a guidebook that focuses on self-reflection through self-discovery. He is also the owner of Transformational Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting LLC in College Station, Texas where he specializes in working with adults impacted by race-based stress, racial trauma, and life transitions.
The 2022 MFP Fellows are underway with their program projects, and applications for the 2023 MFP Awards will open in September 2022. Visit our website at nbccf.org/programs/scholarships for more information about applications and eligibility.