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Mission, Values, and Vision


  • Helping students live their best life by providing personal counseling, case management, and prevention-focused outreach services.


  • Social Justice: We strive to be mindful of social contexts and leverage our privilege for the benefit of all those we serve by creating a safe space that is inclusive, accessible, flexible and culturally informed.
  • Respect: We value a person’s right to self-determination and develop trusting, authentic relationships, recognizing that all people should be treated with dignity.
  • Excellence: We provide responsive, compassionate, high-quality, ethically focused, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive care.
  • Growth: Through our commitment to ongoing learning and development, we are focused on partnering with students to achieve their academic and personal goals to lead full and meaningful lives.
  • Collaboration: We partner with students, the university, and the broader community to connect individuals and communities with appropriate services and resources.


  • We envision a diverse, healthy, safe campus where students feel valued and celebrated and can reach their full potential.


Statement Against Racism & Racial Violence:

The Department of Counseling Services joins the rest of the Metropolitan State community in expressing our grief and compassion to all those who have been, and continue to be affected by the murder of George Floyd as well as other Black individuals across the United States.

The brutal murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department demands that we recognize the ongoing epidemic of police violence and racism against Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color. We also must recognize the violence faced by the LGBT+ community, especially by trans persons of color. The murders of George Floyd and countless others arise from the entrenched and pervasive legacy of 400 years of systematized racism, oppression, and violence in the United States. We join the calls that have risen across the nation and the world demanding an end to these systems that marginalize, harm, and kill members of our communities.

While these tragedies can be traumatizing for everyone, we recognize that they are especially painful for members of our Black and African American communities. Experiencing or witnessing trauma can produce a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, numbness, helplessness or guilt. Counseling Services staff are committed to providing affirming, culturally-responsive care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously affected by trauma. We encourage you to contact our office if you would like support with coping and healing.

Black Lives Matter. Say their names.

George Floyd. Rayshard Brooks. Breonna Taylor. David McAtee. Ahmaud Arbery. Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells. Riah Milton. Bothem Jean. Atatiana Jeffers. Jonathan Ferrell. Renish McBride. Stephon Clark. Jordan Edwards. Jordan Davis. Alton Sterling. Aiyana Jones. Mike Brown. Tamir Rice. Clementa C. Pinckney. Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd. Susie Jackson. Ethel Lee Lance. Depayne Middleton-Doctor. Tywanza Sanders. Daniel L. Simmons. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Myra Thompson. Trayvon Martin. Sean Bell. Oscar Grant. Sandra Bland. Philando Castile. Corey Jones. John Crawford. Terrence Crutcher. Keith Scott. Clifford Glover. Claude Reese. Randy Evans. Yvonne Smallwood. Walter Scott. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray. Jamar Clark. Amadou Diallo. 

Click here for a comprehensive list of names to be remembered: