Embracing Our Diversity and Multiculturalism
At Counseling Services, we strive to make all students feel welcome. The staff values the uniqueness of each individual and embraces both human diversity and its commonalities. Our staff is committed to providing respectful services to all of our students.
Diversity and multiculturalism are words with many definitions. Counseling Service staff subscribes to the broader definition for human differences, which is not just limited to race and gender, but also includes physical abilities, socio-economic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, diversity of thought, and many more.
Sociologist Dr. Caleb Rosado comments that this definition is just the starting point. For diversity and multiculturalism to be more than ‘catchwords,' important actions must be taken. The first is recognition of the rich diversity of cultures around us. With this recognition should follow respect and validation for different cultural contributions, even when unfamiliar to us. It involves valuing, encouraging, and empowering diverse populations to strengthen themselves and for all people to reach their potential by acknowledging their own biases. The very soul of diversity and multiculturalism is to bring people closer together through embracing not just tolerating their differences.
Counseling Services invites students who are experiencing prejudice or bias to contact us for counseling support and empowerment, as well as additional resources. We have several links related to diversity to help you find campus resources and explore more about the topic. The University of Nevada, Reno is proud to support our campus' diverse student population.