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Trailblazers 2023 Honoree:
Dr. Arrie 


Dr. Arrie Smith is a clinical psychologist and professor at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University CSPP/AI, and a counselor/creator for the Fresno City College Extended Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) Harambee Program, a strengths-based program for African American students that encourages community involvement.

Dr. Smith is nationally and locally recognized for her efforts to enhance the quality of life and empower people of African ancestry through advocacy, service delivery, and research. She is actively involved in researching the mental health, mortality patterns and suicide prevention efforts in the African American community.


A retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Smith holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology & African American Studies, a master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology & Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.


Dr. Smith currently serves as president of the Fresno Chapter and California Association of Black Social Workers and Fresno City College African American Faculty & Staff Association. Dr. Smith also spearheads the Fresno City College Men of Color Mentoring Project empowering African American Males toward excellence. She is also cofounder of the Extended Opportunity Programs & Services Nickel & Nail Scholars.

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