Cleopatra Bertelsen, PhD, is a 2022 graduate of the Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision at Antioch University, Seattle.

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Ned Farley, PhD, Committee Chair

Katherine Fort, PhD, Committee Member

Mariamee' Gonzalez, PhD, Committee Member


Multiracial, Biracial, racism, anti-racism, Social Justice, qualitative, counselor education

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The purpose of the study was the examine the experiences of Multiracial individuals who, while attending CACREP accredited counseling programs. The participants were self- identified Multiracial Counselors who graduated from between 2012–2022.Data collection included an anonymous qualitative survey examining the Multiracial experiences with race, racism, and antiracism while attending counseling programs. Data was analyzed by a team of Multiracial and Multiethnic People of Color. Results identified four themes. The first theme highlighted outdated aspects of the counseling curriculum regarding race, racism, and antiracism. The second theme recognized some ways universities are moving forward in addressing race, racism, and antiracism. The third theme acknowledged the varying experiences of Multiracial beings. The fourth theme focused on navigating multiple worlds and being resilient. This is important for the field of counseling because the findings of this research directly correlate with a call for action addressing the inequities Multiracial individuals endure regarding how the intersections of Multiracial individuals and their identities are represented within CACREP counseling programs. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA ( and OhioLINK ETD Center (


Cleopatra Bertelsen, PhD, 2022

ORCID Scholar ID # 0000-0003-3107-3782