Through generous alumni donations, we’re proud to offer financial support to current students of color seeking therapy beyond Westmont College’s counseling center.
At this time, we are focusing our efforts at Westmont College, though we hope to expand in the future. This program is operated by AARJ and is in no way affiliated with Westmont College.
Want to help fund therapy for students of color? Donate here or commit to giving $1 a day for one year as part of our Dollar A Day Campaign!
For students of color, attending a PWI can create emotional and psychological stress and/or trauma, due to experiences of both overt and covert racism. Often, the counseling centers at PWIs don’t have therapists of color or therapists with a background in treating racial stress and trauma on staff. Furthermore, the cost of attending therapy can often be prohibitive for students.
AARJ believes all students of color should have access to high quality mental health professionals, without being limited by financial barriers to entry. That’s why we funnel alumni donations toward our therapy fund, which allows us to support the mental health of students of color by providing funding for 4-8 therapy sessions.
Click the “Apply” button above. You’ll be taken to a simple application form, which asks you to provide your name, graduation year, contact details, how you heard about AARJ’s therapy fund, and a few other pieces of background information.
Out of respect for your privacy, AARJ will never ask you to disclose your reasons for seeking therapy. That’s between you and your therapist.
The names and information of student applicants is kept absolutely confidential. Your information will never be disclosed or published without your consent.
Our hope is to fund everyone who applies. However, this may be limited to the amount of funding we receive.
If, for any reason, we cannot provide financial aid to you, you will be placed on our waiting list and contacted as soon as possible.
AARJ commits to covering 4-8 sessions.
While students who apply for financial support are welcome to find their own therapist (or continue treatment with their current therapist), AARJ is also happy to help students locate racially conscious therapists through services like Talkspace and Therapy for Black Girls, as well as support in finding a therapist in Santa Barbara or other areas of California through telehealth services. AARJ will also support students in navigating insurance.
Yes! You simply need to go through the application process again. If, for any reason, the current cohort is full, you will be waitlisted and helped as soon as is fiscally possible.
Although we are happy to continue to support you as much as possible, priority is placed on first-time applicants.
AARJ’s therapy fund is general, meaning that your donation may be allocated to multiple students.
At this time, you cannot donate to support a single student in particular.
While AARJ recognizes that mental health is a complex intersectional issue and believes that everyone should pursue therapy, our work is centered around providing access to therapy to students of color in particular.
Not at this time. Since the therapy fund is a project currently focusing on Westmont College, we only accept students from Westmont at this time. AARJ may set up therapy funds at other PWIs in the future.
If you think your school or alma mater would benefit from a therapy fund, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.