Diversity Overview

The program fully endorses the Counseling of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP) Model Training Values Statement as well as the APA guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice for PsychologistsPsychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations, and Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients.

Commitment to Diverse Student Body

The Counseling Psychology program at ISU welcomes diversity and the department seeks applications from candidates who can contribute to the academic, social, and cultural diversity of the program and graduate student body. Overall, the current student body represents 75% women and 35% ethnic minorities. Furthermore, we have considerable diversity in regard to geographic origins, with international students from Taiwan, China, and India currently in the program.

Educating Students about Diversity

The program is committed to fostering diversity as well as cultural awareness, sensitivity, and respect for individual differences in our students. Specifically, students are expected to appreciate how one’s own culture impacts both personal and professional relationships, be knowledgeable about a range of cultural variables that may impact the counseling process as well as research results, and be knowledgeable about methods for conducting culturally-sensitive counseling and research. In particular, not only are specific classes available that focus on diversity research such as a new class on cultural psychology, but also, the faculty fosters collaborative scholarship with students on issues of diversity. Furthermore, the faculty encourages student attendance at department colloquia and university events including the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE). The department has funded several diversity colloquia, including presentations by Dr. Claude Steele, Dr. Doug Haldeman, and Dr. Stephen Quintana (see Department’s diversity webpage).

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, Hotline 515-294-1222, email eooffice@iastate.edu