The University Counseling Service has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of diverse people.

UCS is invested in creating a safe, inclusive, and affirming climate for all individuals and communities.

UCS is committed to hiring and retaining clinical staff who represent a wide range of cultural diversity, and who are dedicated to the intentional inclusion of multicultural competence in all areas of their work. Our staff reflects differences in racial and ethnic background, national origin, sexual identity, religion and spirituality, age, and gender. The entire staff shares our goal of providing sensitive, high quality services to diverse people. UCS offers psychotherapy in Mandarin and English.

We strive to create an environment where all people feel welcome.  As a staff, we define cultural diversity as personal or social identities based in cultural, individual, group, or role differences including, but not limited to, those based on race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, mental health status, relational and family status, religion, spirituality, language, nationality, citizenship status, social class, economic status, veteran status, disability and ability, gender identity and expression, body type and size, as well as diverse ideas, values, and lifestyles.

In keeping with the mission and service commitment to diverse populations, UCS staff members regard multiculturally focused clinical services, outreach, and training as well as social justice work as key components of staff members’ roles and responsibilities. Staff members are engaged with other campus organizations and campus partners to create not only safe, but affirming services for U of Iowa students from all backgrounds but especially for those from underprivileged/underrepresented, and historically oppressed groups and communities.

We at UCS see the ways the current political climate has increased acts of racism and oppression across communities, including the UI campus. We also recognize ways in which the current political climate has increased divisiveness among people. We want you to know that we are available as a resource for you, and we are dedicated to helping foster a climate that is safe for all students on campus and within the community. If you are interested in speaking individually with a counselor or arranging for a facilitated discussion for your group, please call 319-335-7294.


BIPOC Wellness Events

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Distress Tolerance Workshop (for Emotional Regulation)

Friday, February 3, 2023 12:00pm to 1:00pm
This is a 60-minute workshop focused on learning distress tolerance skills. Distress tolerance is the ability to manage distressing emotions and effectively move through stressful situations in an effective manner. This is a three-week series and students will need to attend all three weeks in order. This is a DBT informed curriculum-driven series with structure and specific learning objectives and topics for each week. All participants will receive handouts with exercises to be completed both...
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Chill & Create

Friday, February 3, 2023 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Stanley Museum of Art
This unique and hands-on program integrates art viewing, art making and mindfulness strategies to provide students with tools to de-stress, manage anxiety, and develop wellness practices. During the 2-hour workshop, participants will learn new ways to improve well-being, while benefiting from the positive effects of viewing and making art. No prior art-making experience necessary. The workshop will be led by Dana Keeton, a local board-certified art therapist and licensed mental health...
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Chronic Health Support Group

Friday, February 3, 2023 2:30pm to 3:30pm
School, work, and simply managing everyday demands can feel overwhelming. It can be even more challenging when you have a chronic health condition. Join us in a space where you can meet other students who may validate, encourage, and understand your experiences. Feel free to just show-up or you can contact Dr. Marie Adams ( with questions. Location: SDS Office, Main Conference Room Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Dates and Topics: Feb. 3: Self-Advocacy Feb. 24: Building Campus...
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