Student Fund by Black Arts Therapies Educators

Please help us to meet a new $20,000 fundraising goal. As we are improving our application process, some of the funds raised will go toward the management and operation of the application portal and funds. Applications will be open to all creative arts therapy students in the US and internationally in October 2021.

The BIPOC Student Fund by Black Arts Therapies Educators exists to provide greater access and support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are enrolled in creative arts therapies programs. As many colleges move to remote-learning and online platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic, this fund will provide much needed relief for BIPOC students who need to purchase laptops, tablets, art supplies, instruments, and books or cover the costs of basic necessities while completing their undergraduate or graduate coursework.

This fund is initiated by a group of Black arts therapies educators and scholars. Our experiences have shown that BIPOC students are increasingly likely to delay their studies due to illness, economic hardship, lack of a supportive network, loss and trauma. In addition to the hardships that many students in higher education endure, BIPOC students experience racism at their various academic institutions, professional associations and internships. These factors can negatively impact a student's motivation and mental health, and lead to fewer BIPOC mental health professionals, in particular those who specialize in using art in psychotherapy. We have created this fund to remind BIPOC students of the supportive community around them.

Help provide immediate need-based-aid and begin to build more resources for BIPOC students. We affirm and support all BIPOC students, including those who identify as trans, disabled, queer, or have marginalized religious identities or lived experiences as first generation college students. We welcome contributions from individuals, small groups, larger organizations and institutions.

Your funds will provide BIPOC students with financial resources to continue their education.

For an alternative method of donation, please contribute to:

This is organized by Marisol Norris, Britton Williams, Leah Gipson, Refiloe Lepere, and Sponsored by The Center for Art Therapy Critical Studies.

Update: Your donations to the BIPOC Student fund has made it possible to support BIPOC students in the creative arts therapies. Please share our website where we will soon be accepting applications for the Emergency Grant for 2021-2022. Thank you, all. BIPOC Student Fund website:

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Fundraising team: Black Arts Therapies Educators (3)

Leah Gipson 
Raised $6,966 from 74 donations
Oak Park, IL
Britton Williams 
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Raised $1,442 from 13 donations
Marisol Norris 
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Raised $585 from 14 donations