Black Minds Matter

Are you an African, Black, or Caribbean (ABC) UCSC student? CAPS has mental health support specifically for you! CAPS cares about your well-being and we support you.

Black woman holding a "Black Lives Matter" sign surrounded by words that say self-love, well-being, safety, self-care, minds, hearts, health, and relationships.

The Groups

Black Minds Matter is an ongoing group held every week. We discuss current events that affect the black community. Led by Jackie Rabouin.

Black Women's Group is a group for students who identify as female and African, Black and Caribbean to discuss and share feelings about the trials and triumphs of being a self-identified black woman in 2023. Topics for discussion will include the challenges of relationships, finances, family, school, weight, self-esteem, and loss, as examples. The group meets weekly and is led by Jackie Rabouin.

Black LGBT Group is a space where you can be all of your identities at once and completely accepted for who you are. This is also a space where you can discuss the concerns unique to being LGBT and African, Black and Caribbean and build community simultaneously. Led by Jackie Rabouin and Lain Lease. 

How to Join

See the CAPS calendar for details.

Meet the Counselors

Jackie Rabouin HeadshotJackie Rabouin, MFT, PhD, is an African-American cisgender female in a blended family with a husband, two adult step-children, and seven step-grandchildren (three of whom are biracial). She has a particular emphasis on counseling those identified as African, Black, or Caribbean (ABC). Her experience includes providing counseling and case management services to persons of various races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, and levels of ability for more than 25 years.


Photo of Lain Lease

Lain Lease, LMFT, is transgender/nonbinary, queer, and white. Lain graduated from UCSC after successfully transferring from community college and before obtaining a masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Lain is a case manager providing therapeutic services and care coordination for both the Health Center and CAPS. Lain's experience includes working with Medi-Cal, integrative behavior health, transgender care, and collaborative support for pregnant and parenting teens. Lain has a great appreciation for the trees, ocean view, and awesome people that can be found on campus.



For accessibility needs, contact the CAPS office.