MCAN's School Counselor Fellows program, in partnership with San Diego State University's Center for Equity and Postsecondary Attainment (CEPA), is designed as a cohort of school counselors who will be trained in advanced leadership and advocacy, specifically focused on postsecondary practices. The goal of this fellowship is to develop leadership and awareness of the counseling landscape in the state and country.

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As advocates of college access, we know that school counselors are of vital importance in helping students make postsecondary education plans. We have designed this fellowship to be student-centric but also to uplift the counselors across the state. School counselors who participate in this fellowship will hone their leadership skills and continue to advocate for the students in their building, district, and community.

Co-led by CEPA and MCAN, fellows will:

  • Review current issues in education regarding mental health and wellness and how it relates to the postsecondary education plan
  • Receive training in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to embrace equity-driven leadership
  • Use data-supported, evidence-based research to align the college-going culture in their community
  • Advocacy development and training with an opportunity to meet with state legislators during MCAN’s College Access Advocacy Day
  • Network with local organizations, such as MACAC
  • Attend in- and out-of-state conferences for further professional development on college access, leadership, and advocacy
  • Connect with previous fellows, as well as school counselors from the national fellowship

At the end of the two years, counselors will have created an advocacy project that can be directly applied to their school community as it relates to college access.

Selected fellows agree to:

  • Make a two-year fellowship commitment (year two is mentorship)
  • Attend quarterly in-person School Counselor Fellows meetings 
  • Complete monthly assignments, readings, and reflections — about 3 hours/month
  • Design and complete an advocacy project related to a college access or success issue
  • Provide feedback and recommendations for the fellowship process

Meet our current and past fellows!


MCAN is accepting applications for the 2023 cohort of School Counselor Fellows through Aug. 31. Use the link below to access the online application.

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If you have questions about the School Counselor Fellows program, contact Cheyenne Peters, strategy manager for high school innovation.