Appreciation for Human Differences

Diversity

To the extent possible, we try to ensure that the Counseling Center Staff is a diverse group. We continually strive to provide ASU students, faculty, and staff with professional services which demonstrate sensitivity and respect for human differences (e.g., age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status). For students of different cultures, there exist differing values, beliefs, and expectations which may impact the decision to seek support. Issues of diversity, ethnicity, and culture are important subjects of discussion within the counseling relationship.

Women

In the past, the helping professions frequently neglected the distinctive cultural realities of women's life patterns, psychological processes, and personality development. Women continue to face special barriers to their full development, both as a result of external forces, and of the internalization of inequities. The staff at the Counseling Center strives to provide services which are sensitive to, and affirming of the unique experiences of women. For more information about sources of support for women on the ASU campus, contact the Counseling Center.

Disabled

Disabilities transcend all lines of gender, race, culture, age, and sexual orientation. Frequently, there are special social, educational, and physical access issues which impact students with disabilities at ASU. For more information about sources of support for students with disabilities at ASU: the Disability Services Coordinator in the EOE office, the Grizzly Testing and Learning Center, and Student Support Services.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender

Homosexuality is now considered by mental health authorities to be a normal, healthy, acceptable alternative to heterosexuality. Nonetheless, the social stigma long associated with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender identities still results for some in the internalization of a negative self-concept. The Counseling Center staff are gay-affirmative and receive yearly Safe Zone training. For more information about sources of support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning individuals and their allies at ASU: The Gay-Straight Alliance.