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Diversity and Difference

Diversity and Difference

MSPP CELEBRATES PRIDE

PRIDEMSPP’s Gay/Straight Alliance

Co-chaired by Dr.’s Sara Orozco and Jess Stahl (Counseling Psychology Faculty), the MSPP GSA has had a productive semester. Of note is our new mentoring program described below:

The MSPP Gay-Straight Alliance is excited to be starting up a program designed to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally-identified MSPP students with (ideally) similarly-identified mentors in the licensed mental health professional community. The hope is that mentors can be a resource for mentees around issues like:

  • Integrating LGBT or ally identity into one’s professional identity.
  • Working with LGBT or ally-identified clients as someone who has an LGBT or ally identity.
  • Coming out to clients/colleagues.
  • Broader professional development issues that are not necessarily related to LGBT/Ally identity (e.g., thinking about future career goals, developing sense of self as a mental health professional, separating mental health professional self from personal life, navigating the challenges of working in different organizations, self-care & work/life balance, licensure, etc.)

Ilana CooperFrom a participant in the Mentoring Program, Ilana Cooper, Counseling Psychology Master’s Program:

"The GSA Mentoring Program has allowed me to engage with another resource to help in my professional and personal growth. I joined this program in order to become more knowledgeable about LGBTQ issues with the hope of becoming a more competent counselor as I approach my second year internship at a College Counseling Center. Meeting with my mentor has provided a unique opportunity to learn, discuss, and connect with an experienced professional who has aided in guiding me to become more competent and comfortable as both a counselor and an ally. The GSA leaders took the time to carefully match me with someone with whom I felt comfortable and safe in discussing topics and asking questions. I know that this mentoring opportunity will continue to provide me with rich information regarding LGBTQ and diversity issues and I hope others will be able to participate in this meaningful experience, as well."

For more information, please contact the MSPP Gay/Straight Alliance at RainbowAlliance@mspp.edu.

MSPP is committed to recognizing diversity and difference in our community through curriculum development, social activities, and community involvement and by continually working on ways to create dialogue. Making sure our students have the resources and support they need to feel like members of the MSPP community is of utmost importance. Here at MSPP, we believe multicultural education is requisite to deliver comprehensive mental health care to appropriately meet the needs of the diverse communities our students will ultimately serve.

Updated 7/18/12

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