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Commitment to Diversity

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Counseling Services at University of Massachusetts Lowell embraces and celebrates diversity in all its forms, including racial, ethnic and national backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental and physical ability, language, age, spiritual belief and socioeconomic status. We value the intersectional identities of each individual and recognize the centrality of culture and relationships to human development and psychological wellbeing. We commit to support our students of all backgrounds and to work toward the eradication of discrimination and oppression in all forms. 

Recognizing the Impact of Oppression

We recognize the suffering that oppression and discrimination may cause and are committed, both personally and professionally, to creating an inclusive and affirming environment to support our student body and to addressing issues of oppression and discrimination in our world. 

Creating an Environment of Safety and Respect

We work to create a space in which everyone in the UML community can feel safe, valued, and respected. Our staff seeks to promote and affirm diversity in clinical practice, in the campus community, and beyond. 

Addressing Discrimination in Mental Health System

We recognize the role that prejudice and discrimination have played in the development and perpetuation of the systems within which our students exist, including the mental health field. This discrimination has had a lasting effect on how mental health conditions are defined and how treatment is delivered. With this in mind, we are committed to providing psychological care that works toward the elimination of these prejudicial attitudes and practices.

Providing Training and Discussion 

We recognize that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process. We engage in regular and ongoing trainings and discussions to grow our awareness and clinical skills related to bias and inclusion. Through this work we strive to maintain and grow an atmosphere where it is safe to explore one’s experiences and concerns, and where staff feel empowered to address issues discrimination and oppression in the workplace.