Mission Statement

Counseling & Psychological Services supports the overall mission of Sonoma State University and a division of Student Affairs. 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, and socio-economic status. In counseling, our goal is to empower clients and 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 their ability to change. We are further committed to the on-going evaluation of our services in pursuit of this mission.

SSU Non-Discrimination Policy

The university and its auxiliary organizations do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, covered veteran's status or disabling condition, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any of the university's programs or activities. For further information on the policies on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, contact Joyce Suzuki, Managing Director of Employee Relations & Compliance, at 664-4470.

Sonoma State University Diversity Vision Statement

We at Sonoma State University strive to create a campus climate in which the will to build trust among people - and groups of 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 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,
  • and a genuine appreciation of how the many differences among us enrich a liberal arts and sciences university.

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.