The University of Maryland Counseling Center is committed to providing culturally sensitive services to the campus community and developing the multicultural capacities of its staff. Given the diversity of our student population, help-seekers come to the counseling center with varied experiences specific to their racial and ethnic membership, gender, sexual identity, social class, religious affiliation, nationality, and/or disability status. We strive to provide services and programs that are inclusive, and give voice to these varied experiences, by providing a safe place to be heard, appreciated, and accepted.
We celebrate the rich diversity that exists in our campus community. As the University’s Strategic Plan for Diversity states, "living and working in a community that accepts and celebrates diversity is a joy and a privilege that contributes to the vitality and excellence of the educational experience." As a community, our lives are interconnected and we benefit when we encourage awareness, tolerance, respect, acceptance, understanding, and an appreciation of our differences and similarities. By fostering these processes, our hope is that students, faculty, staff and others in our community will broaden their scope of awareness, develop empathy for different perspectives and life experiences, challenge stereotypes and biases, and serve as models for civility and social justice.
We are a Counseling Center staff with extensive experience providing support services to individuals of varying social identities and backgrounds. We have learned, only through an awareness of oneself as a cultural being can one hope to help and understand others. To enhance our knowledge and skills, the Center routinely engages in a broad array of continuing education programs, trainings, and ongoing research in these domains. Furthermore, training for interns, externs, and practicum students in the areas of diversity and multicultural education is integral to the Center’s values and mission.
Our commitment to diversity is an ongoing and open-ended journey. There are many opportunities at the University of Maryland and in the Washington, D. C. metropolitan area to learn and enrich one’s intellectual, social, and cultural knowledge and experience. By taking advantage of these learning opportunities, one can truly experience and enjoy all that our world has to offer.