Counseling Services Diversity Statement

Counseling Services staff are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students that is respectful and affirming of all identities and characteristics including race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, physical ability, mental ability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, marital status, parental status, genetic information, health and socioeconomic status. We honor the similarities and differences inherent in our relationship with you, and value this relationship as an important piece of providing counseling services.

It is part of our professional ethics and personal values to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and to be aware of the impact privilege, prejudice, marginalization, oppression, power and discrimination have in the lives of individuals. We strive to recognize how our own identities and privilege impact ourselves and those around us, and support one another in exploring our individual privileges and biases in order to facilitate our personal and professional growth. It is part of our professional responsibility to gain continuing education for ourselves regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

At Counseling Services, we view our commitment to equity and diversity as an ongoing learning journey, never assuming we have fully reached our destination. Only through valuing and continuing to learn about the diversity that exists within our community and beyond can we provide respectful and effective services to all WSU Vancouver students.