Diversity StatementStudent Counseling Services (SCS) endorses and abides by the diversity policy of the University of Minnesota which states, in part:
The University shall seek to:
All interactions within UCCS shall be guided by affirmation of basic human dignity and self-determination. We acknowledge the influence of culture in its broadest sense and provide services that are sensitive to the impact of oppression, prejudice and discrimination. We strive to provide a safe, respectful environment in which clients' experiences and perspectives are regarded with professional competence and caring.
We include issues of diversity in our professional training programs as well as consultation and outreach services to the University community. Our professional publications and presentations reflect our value of diversity by utilizing inclusive language and incorporating examples that mirror a pluralistic society. An internal Diversity Work Group increases appreciation for and sensitivity to diversity among the employees of UCCS.
The affirmation of diversity requires our vigilance and willingness to question our own biases and ourselves. As we challenge ourselves and others to understand and promote diversity, we must communicate our openness to others, strive to understand their perspectives, and be willing to expand our receptivity to differences. We believe that as we become increasingly sensitive to and embrace the differences among us, we strengthen society, contribute to a more inclusive University community and provide a more just and affirmative practice of counseling and mental health.