Statement on Diversity

The staff of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center is committed to the valuing of diversity in all of its forms. All are welcome, respected, and appreciated here.

We live in a diverse world consisting of many groups of people who have been de-valued and discriminated against based on such characteristics as race, ethnicity, cultural background, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status. We believe that such prejudice and discrimination is detrimental to those who are targets, those who target, and the world in general.

It is our belief that diversity represents beauty and passion in our world. Only through learning about and valuing the diversity that exists in our community and beyond can we truly experience and enjoy all that our world has to offer. Through experiencing diversity, we stretch ourselves to become all that we can be. Through honoring diversity, we create a community that is ideal.

The staff of this Center strive to create an environment that is open to the exploration and honest discussion of attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors. We acknowledge that all individuals feel prejudice of some kind and we seek to create opportunities where these feelings can be explored in a way that develops our minds, our hearts, and our community. The process of exploring attitudes and being sensitive to diverse life experiences of others enhances our ability to provide the highest quality of service and training.

We as a staff commit ourselves to respect, civility, and openness to learning. We strive to continually evaluate our progress in creating an environment that honors diversity and stimulates exploration. We welcome you to join us in our endeavors to create a community where diversity is not only respected but also embraced.

Adapted from the Student Counseling Service of Texas A&M University

Emergency Services

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

For additional resources see our Emergency Services page.

Prevent Suicide Block