DISC (Diversity Issues Steering Committee)
The University Counseling Service has a strong commitment to meeting the needs of diverse people. In all areas of the UCS, 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.
- Multicultural awareness is our goal in all areas of the University Counseling Service
- Staff members represent a wide range of individual and cultural diversity
- Culturally diverse students are well represented as consumers of clinical services, outreach services, and training opportunities
- We have had an internal Diversity Issues Steering Committee (DISC) in place since 1994. Click here to read more about DISC
- We prioritize multicultural development for professional staff and trainees
- The UCS offers psychotherapy in Spanish, Mandarin, and English.
Diversity Issues Steering Committee
The UCS has been actively working to foster the development of a multicultural organization for many years. In 1994, the Director appointed the Diversity Issues Steering Committee (DISC) to help the UCS further deepen its diversity commitment. DISC established as its mission facilitative, consultative, and advisory responsibilities to support the staff and agency in implementing the diversity mission. DISC membership is open to all UCS staff and interns. The Diversity Issues Steering Committee (DISC) is an action committee whose mission is to invite, promote, and celebrate difference in space and interactions at the University Counseling Service (UCS).Learn More
Finding Support in Our Political Climate
We at the 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 at the UCS are saddened by the conflict, violence, and fear that has emerged in the wake of the recent election. 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.Learn More