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B-CU Alumna Receives $20,000 Fellowship from the National Board of Certified Counselors

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Letitia Brown-James Advocates for Social Justice for Underserved Minority Communities

Letitia Browne-James, a B-CU Alumna was recently awarded a $20,000 counseling fellowship by the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation (NBCC). The $20,000 fellowship will provide training and funding to support her education and facilitate services to underserved minority populations. Letitia is one of twenty-two doctoral counseling students that have received this award. Currently, Letitia serves as a clinical manager for Aspire Health, Inc. in Orlando, Florida where she oversees staff in two programs serving youth and families primarily in underserved communities.

Furthermore, Browne-James is also a graduate of the University of Central Florida and is now in the third year of her doctoral program at Walden University, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Letitia is in the internship phase of the counselor education and supervision doctoral program, where she works with persons from underserved and marginalized populations in clinical and academic settings.

Additionally, she is the current president-elect of the Florida Association for Multi-Cultural Counseling and Development, a division of the Florida Counseling Association dedicated to multiculturalism in counseling. This NBCC MFP fellowship will aid in the enhancement of research through direct service, supervision, social justice advocacy for underserved minority populations, education and training. This fellowship will also help Letitia to increase her network of colleagues and professionals so that as she matriculates she can better serve and advocate for social justice for underserved minority populations.

About NBCC:

The NBCC MFP is made possible by a grant first awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in August 2012. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.