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CSP Diversity Committee

The CSP Department's mission seeks to prepare "practitioners in the mental health profession who contribute significantly to the social, emotional, academic and physical development of children, youth and families in a multicultural society."

Similarly, the CSP Diversity Policy includes a commitment to "providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support programs that promote diversity, and foster successful academic experiences."

The CSP department is committed to teaching multicultural competence as part of the curriculum. In pursuit of this goal, cultural diversity is immersed in all courses, students are required to take a course on Multicultural Counseling and Assessment (CSP 578), complete fieldwork in at least one diverse setting and complete additional requirements related to understanding diversity for student portfolios.

The CSP Diversity Committee was formed to support and provide accountability for these efforts. The mission of the CSP Diversity Committee is:

The Counseling and School Psychology Diversity Committee is committed to creating an inclusive community grounded in respect and appreciation for all individual differences. The Committee recognizes a broad definition of diversity, including: racial/ethnic, gender and gender orientation, affectional orientation, disability, immigrant status, socio-economic status, religion and spirituality, among others. The Diversity Committee's main function is to provide programs and resources to students that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of diversity, as well as multicultural competence as a counselor. Additionally, the Diversity Committee can inform and assist Faculty within the department with recruitment, enrollment, education, and retention of a diverse student body.

Diversity Committee Newsletters

Diversity NewsletterSpring 2016 Diversity Committee Newsletter
Written by: Marisa Fazzino & Heather Mills

Fall 2015 Diversity Committee Newsletter
Written by: Marisa Fazzino & Heather Mills

Spring 2015 Diversity Committee Newsletter
Written by: Liz O'Keefe & Jennifer Ljungquist

Fall 2014 Diversity Committee Newsletter
Written by: Liz O'Keefe & Jennifer Ljungquist


2017-2018 CSP Diversity Committee

Faculty Co-Chairs: Dr. Laurie Bonjo & Dr. Libby Rhoades
Student Co-Chairs: Taylor Carson & Mykelle Coleman
Newsletter Editors: Ferris Clare & Ilene Robbins
Treasurer: OPEN
Advisory Members: Brian Bonilla, Jessica Gaafar, Dr. Misty Ginicola, Karyn Hester, Sarah Magilnick, Julia Malota
Service Coordinator: Erin Miller 

Diversity Passport Activities

The Diversity Committee supports the activities required for each program's Diversity Passport. The following are events for the 2017-2018 year.

Beyond Tolerance Workshops


If you would like to attend either of these events, please contact Taylor Carson.

Multicultural Movie Nights


If you would like to attend any of these events, please contact Taylor Carson.




September 17, 2016, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
New Haven Pride Center

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Members of the SCSU CSP Diversity Committee volunteered to help set up for the event. It was a great way to give back to the LGBT community, as well as connect with members of the Pride Center and operators of local businesses, particularly Gotham Citi Cafe. After set up was complete, volunteers were invited to stay and celebrate. There was food, shopping, a fortune-teller, amusements for kids, informational booths from local agencies (including the AIDS Project New Haven and the Triangle Community Center in Norwalk), and of course entertainment! For more information about the New Haven Pride Center, please visit their website







October 10, 2016, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
CT Food Bank in Wallingford
Service Food Pantry

If you would like to attend the Service Day or would like information on more service opportunities, please contact Erin Miller.