Mission Statement

The mission of Counseling & Psychological Services is to serve the mental health needs of the campus community through offering counseling, consultation, training, and outreach.

We strive to acknowledge, accept, and support the perspectives of a diverse campus population. This includes, but is not limited to race/ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, religious/spiritual affiliation, socio-economic status, and immigration status. In counseling, our goal is to empower clients and to promote personal growth, effective communication, positive self-esteem, satisfying relationships, decision-making skills, and the clarification of personal values. We value our clients’ strengths, resources, and ability to change. We are further committed to the on-going evaluation of our services in pursuit of this mission.

CSU Non-Discrimination Policy

The California State University (CSU) is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that values diversity and fosters tolerance and mutual respect. We embrace and encourage our community differences in Age, Disability, Race or Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Identity or Expression, Nationality, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Genetic Information, Veteran or Military Status, and other characteristics that make our community unique. All Students have the right to participate fully in CSU programs and activities free from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation. The CSU prohibits harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Such behavior violates University policy and may also violate state or federal law.

All sexual activity between members of the CSU community must be based on affirmative consent. Engaging in any sexual activity without first obtaining affirmative consent to the specific sexual activity is sexual misconduct and constitutes a violation of this policy, whether or not the sexual activity violates any civil or criminal law.
This policy is established in compliance with the California Equity in Higher Education Act, Title IX, VAWA/Campus SaVE Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, among other applicable state and federal laws.
For complete listing of non-discrimination policies, reporting guidelines, and contact information for students, faculty, and staff please see: CSU Systemwide Policies.

Sonoma State University Diversity

Sonoma State University (hereon referred to as the University) strives to create a campus climate in which the desire to build trust among people is widely shared, and opportunities for enhancing diversity and a sense of community are encouraged and supported. We stand committed to fostering and sustaining a pluralistic, inclusive environment that empowers all members of the campus community to achieve their highest potential without fear of prejudice or discrimination.
We encourage every member of our university community to embrace the underlying values of this vision, and to demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting, retaining, and attracting students, faculty, and staff who reflect the diversity of our larger society.
We strive to build an exemplary educational community characterized by:

  • an intellectual environment that is both challenging and nurturing
  • encouragement and support for curriculum and pedagogy dedicated to diversity issues
  • a commitment to social justice and equality
  • a respect for human diversity
  • a genuine appreciation of how the many differences among us enrich a liberal arts and sciences university.

Please see SSU Diversity for more information.