Meet Dr. Patsy Tito!

By Giving List Staff   |   June 14, 2024

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) transformative integral education, grounded in wellness, healing, social impact, and higher consciousness. Dr. Patsy Tito, one of their many successful alumni, is the Executive Director of the Samoan Community Development Center, a nonprofit that provides family, youth, and senior programs to support the Samoan community (and those who identify as Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander) in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Dr. Tito chose CIIS because of its commitment to bringing healing via social justice and because she felt like “she belonged” there. For more about Dr. Tito and her experience at CIIS, click here.


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Making Mental Health Therapy Culturally Accessible

With the explosive need for mental health services in the wake of the pandemic, which disproportionately impacted communities of color, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is seeking $100,000 in donations – which will be matched with a $100,000 gift from the school’s board – to build a pipeline for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) to advance from graduate students to professional mental health clinicians. 

CIIS suggests three tiers of donations: 

$1,500 – Provides 1 year of professional mentorship.

$5,000 – Secures 1 year of financial support for a therapist-in-training.

$15,000 – Funds 1 year of culturally relevant programs for clinical trainees.

Key Supporters

California Department of Health Care Access & Information
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Bothin Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
Evolve Foundation
Fetzer Institute
Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation
Templeton World Charity Foundation
William G. Irwin Charity Foundation
Union Bank/U.S. Bank
Association of Black Psychologists, Bay Area Chapter
Association of Ramaytush Ohlone
GLIDE Memorial Church
Huckleberry Youth Services
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Rafiki Coalition for Health & Wellness
Angela Alioto
Angela Davis
Helen Desai
Michael & Gityjoon Hebel
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Joanna Macy
Lynne Twist
Alice Walker