Help Gabes stay in the US, graduate, and support the vulnerable and underrepresented.
Why I need your help: As an international student studying in the US, I am not privileged to apply for and receive federal funding, student loans, etc. I can only work on-campus with an hourly student rate, which is barely enough for my monthly livelihood. Everything has to come out of pocket. I do not come from a background of means, so if I do not continue with schooling (which keeps my status documented/valid in the country), I will be forced to leave the United States without completing my MA in Counseling Psychology, and without offering professional, clinical, and personal support and advocacy for minority communities.
Where the funds will go: Your generous contribution will go directly to my cost of schooling as a candidate for an MA in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology , focusing primarily in cultural and postcolonial trauma, racial identity, and intersectional feminism. Up to 40% of these funds will go to my therapeutic training at MEND Institute (my secured internship site), which is a requirement for my Master's candidacy at the school.
• I have an outstanding balance of $12,000 on my student account, which is an amount I already owe from the past academic year. • In order to keep registering for classes, I have to keep my outstanding balance at $8,000. • At a minimum, I need at least $4,000 by June 28 in order to register for classes for this upcoming fall semester. • If I do not register for class in the fall semester, I will need to leave the US. • After paying for this outstanding balance, $18,000 will be needed in order to pay for the rest of my final year’s tuition, fees, and supplies, which counts towards my goal of $30,000. • So in order to pay off what I already owe and cover the additional costs of my final year as a student, I need a total of $30,000.
Why this work is important: In our cultural moment and political climate, cultural harm and intergenerational wounds in marginalized communities are continually being aggravated and brought into the light. People in these communities need clinical support, but many factors prevent them from receiving the treatment they need, such as complex socio-economic conditions, therapeutic methods that don’t account for multicultural contexts, stigmas against therapy as a Western practice or designed for the dominant white culture, and just to name a few. With a degree in Counseling Psychology and with my own experience as a woman of color and a migrant, I will be able to serve people in these communities who have been underlooked in the counseling field, and who need clinical care and healing after being continuously harmed by racism, discrimination, the immigration crisis, intergenerational trauma, and abusive power structures.
Additionally, my stay in the U.S. will support me in continuing my administrative and shepherding work at The Allender Center , as well as allowing me to continue my work in teaching and singing professionally about the experience of living in the US as a migrant woman of color. You can find more of my work here:
You can make this happen for me... for all of us: It only takes $82/day through the course of next year to be able to keep me in the country and do this crucial work. Your generous support will create a significant impact to this vision for the common good, equity, and hospitality for all.
If you partner with me, you will not only be helping me complete my education, but you will also be impacting thousands of people who live on the margins of our society through therapy, education, and advocacy.
I can’t make up this gap on my own. But with your help, I can pay for the rest of my education, stay in the US, and graduate!
Thank you for being a significant part of this journey. YOU are a gift to me and to many.