Leader Fellowship

The annual Leader F​​​ellowship provides TCSPP students in Chicago and Southern California with the opportunity to create, implement, and evaluate a community based project of their choice at a non-profit organization. This year, up to four students will receive a $1000 fellowship and support from the Community Partnerships Department. Four fellowships are offered to students who create their own project and present their idea to the Community Partnership Department. Emphasis is placed on project feasibility, sustainability, innovation, and integration of community need into the project goals and outcomes.

Applications for the fellowship begins in late October, Fellows are selected in December, for specific dates please email Dr. Nadia Rojas Jones at [email protected]

​Current Fellowships

 2020-2021 Fellows

Stephanie Chan


​​Stephanie Chan, Applied Behavioral Analysis Doctoral student in Chicago, is developing a comprehensive early piano skills curriculum using CBS for children.  She will be creating presentation and work books in collaboration with her partnership with the Society of Behavior SciAnts.

Laith Higazin

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Laith Higazin, Industrial Organization Masters Student in Los Angeles, conducted learning and development consulting to address the mental wellbeing of educators at MSA7. He designed and implemented a virtual wellbeing development program for 31 educators by applying adult learning theories, Clifton Strengths training, and the PERMA model of well-being. He also provided strengths-based leadership coaching to and developed a close relationship with the principal, Meagan Wittek. at MSA7. He will be organizing and executing post-training evaluation of training effectiveness using survey tools in the coming months.

 2019-2020 Fellows

Princess Reggie
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Princess Reggie, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy at the Los Angeles Campus will be working with partner site, Casa de la Familia. Princess developed a series of parenting workshops that were free to the public and offered in both English and Spanish. The topics covered were relevant to all parents, but also targeted those who have been separated from their children due to immigration deportation and detention, divorce, and loss of a parent for any reason

​​​​Dr. ​​Dana Stamps​
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Dana Stamps, Masters in Counseling student at the Chicago Campus, worked with a local CPS school with her Focus Fairies Mentoring program.  The program focused on providing education in life skills areas related to high school and college readiness, career development, and financial literacy.​

 2018-2019 Fellows

Ma​keba Boykins

Makeba Boykins, Ph.D. student in Counselor Ed and Supervision at the Chicago Campus, will be working with partner site, La Casa Norte. Her project will involve providing training to the staff and youth on multiculturalism and trauma informed care. Makeba’s project will assist program staff in providing quality care to marginalized youth receiving housing through La Casa Norte’s Solid Ground program.

Troy “Xavier” Leonard

Xavier Leonard, Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at the Los Angeles Campus, will be working with partner site, Love Home, Inc. to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) around the issue of domestic violence. His project’s goals are to shine a light on the LBGTQ community and their experience of intimate partner violence that has received significantly less identification and intervention from law enforcement and community mental health resources.

 2017-2018 Fellows

Mariana Lopez

Mariana Lopez, Masters in Counseling Psychology student at the Chicago Campus, will be working with partner site, Las Moradas. Her project will involve utilizing mindfulness and a culturally responsive support and psychoeducational program that will bring awareness, reduction of stress, and increase overall sense of well-being for low SES LatinX elderly population.

Christopher "Chauncey" Watson

Chauncey Watson, Ph.D. student in Organizational Leadership and Psychology on-line, will be working with partner site, Mandate. Chauncey’s project will focus on developing and implementing a training curriculum for healthcare providers to engage black men who have sex with men in HIV prevention and treatment services more broadly.

 2016-2017 Fellows

Jessica Evans

Jessica Evans is currently an online student with TCSPP, in the Educational Psychology and Technology (EdD) program with a concentration in Higher Education Learning and Technology. Her project will work with the Calloway County Extension Office in Kentucky. The Calloway County Extension Office 4-H Youth Development program emphasizes hands-on learning opportunities to support leadership development, civic responsibility and citizenship. An evaluation of the Calloway County Extension office will be conducted to identify current strengths and limitations culminating in a strategic plan to improve services offered. This collaborative endeavor aims to better identify specific needs of rural school-aged children in Western Kentucky through implementing programming that supports social development and cooperative learning.

Brent Pereira

Brent Pereira is currently a student at the Chicago TCSPP campus, in the Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD) program. He will be working with our community partner site Become, Inc. Become: Center for Community Engagement and Social Change (Become) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to nourish communities affected by poverty and social injustice in order to make their vision of a thriving community a reality. Through training, education, coalition building, and Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Become, Inc. has developed an innovative model for community change called Culturally Responsive Community Development. As a Student Leader Fellow, Brent will spearhead the implementation of Become’s Cultural Engagement Initiative in which he will interview members of communities affected by poverty and social injustice and promote asset based community development.

 2015-2016 Fellows

Rose Irby Wilkins

Rose Irby Wilkins, an online Ph.D. candidate in the Organizational Leadership program, implemented a program at Clark Atlanta University as part of Community Partnerships’ Leader Fellowship. Using the “School Scrimmage Personal Development Coaching Model” she sought to provide student athletes with critical tools that will facilitate positive academic and social outcomes while also providing support mechanisms that coaching staff can use to sustain the program. According to a 2015 report by the NCAA, only 60% of college athletes graduate, with undergraduate matriculation toward a degree averaging six years. Irby Wilkins says of her fellowships experience: "I am truly inspired when given an opportunity to support others through personal development coaching or share in making a difference in the lives of others. What has been most inspiring over the past weeks is the collaborative spirit and support from staff at CAU as well as the engagement of student athletes in this project. I believe that opportunities provided, not only serve student needs, but also offer great social value for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as well as the partnering institution Clark Atlanta University."

Sharon Asonganyi

Sharon Asonganyi, a Ph.D candidate in the International Psychology program on the Washington D.C. campus, implemented a program at the Renaissance Center for Culture and Education (RCCE) as part of Community Partnerships’ Leader Fellowship. This creative writing program used the art of storytelling to connect the elder French Immigrant community in Washington D.C. with children in the RCCE’s French Immersion and Cultural Arts programs. Asonganyi says of her fellowship experience: "I am thrilled to be part of a new initiative at the Renaissance Center. It is exciting to create, implement, and evaluate a new project with the support of the community. Both of my parents were givers [..] My parents instilled in me through their selflessness that serving others is a natural part of life. We are all part of a shared humanity. I learned from my parents that we can give in many ways whether it is as a skilled professional or simply having time and the willingness to be in service to another."

Tsvetomila (Mila) Kachovska

Mila Kachovska, a Ph.D. candidate in the Business Psychology program on the Chicago campus, was a fellow with partner site Become, Inc. As a Strategic Planning and Development Fellow, she worked with the leadership team to provide support and coordination through the execution of responsibilities that are vital to the success of the organization’s mission and vision. Central to this role was to facilitate strategic planning, monitoring, and reporting through providing support and oversight. She developed a comprehensive business strategy that aligned with the mission and vision of the organization, as well as implemented business initiatives with the assistance of the leadership team.

 2014-2015 Fellows

Anusha Subramanyam

Anusha is currently a doctoral candidate in the Applied Behavior Analysis program where she is working on completing her dissertation. Anusha is passionate about promoting pro-social behavior through education, and she applies this passion through her work with the fellowship. Her goal under the Leader Fellowship is to establish an after-school instructional clinic where early elementary school students will receive intensive, individualized academic support. She hopes to start her own non-profit organization one day that provides services to a given community in need, and she believes this fellowship experience will help her develop skills necessary to effectively lead an organization.

Alicia Anderson

Alicia is currently a student in the M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and the recipient of the 2014-2015 Community Partnerships Leadership Fellowship with Become, Inc. She received her undergraduate degree from DePaul University, a university whose mission emphasizes diversity, community service, and social justice. Alicia feels that these principles are engrained in her. Both her academic background and her experience living in different areas of Chicago, witnessing dearth and disparity, informed her decision to pursue higher education at The Chicago School. Alicia feels honored and excited to work with Become, Inc. this academic year because their goal of creating social justice and community change closely align with her aspirations. She hopes to ultimately create a positive social impact in marginalized and underserved communities, optimizing the potential and resources within these communities, and helping to create social justice and equality of opportunity.

To learn more about past Leader Fellowship projects, click here.