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Diversity and Non Discrimination Policy

CSUSM-SHCS DIVERSITY AND NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The California State University San Marcos Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) strongly value diversity and believe in creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive learning environment for its interns. Diversity among interns and supervisors enriches the educational experience, promotes personal growth, and strengthens communities and the workplace. Every effort is made by SHCS to create a climate in which all staff and interns feel respected, comfortable, and in which success is possible and obtainable. SHCS strives to make every effort to increase awareness, dispel ignorance, and increase comfort with multicultural experiences. SHCS ‘s training program includes an expected competency in diversity training, and multiple experiences are provided throughout the year to be sure that interns are both personally supported and well-trained in this area.

SHCS welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. The training program believes that a diverse training environment contributes to the overall quality of the program. SHCS provides equal opportunity to all prospective interns and does not discriminate because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other factor that is irrelevant to success as a psychology intern. Applicants are individually evaluated in terms of quality of previous training practicum experiences and fit with the internship. If an applicant or intern requires accommodations, he or she should contact the internship training director to initiate this process.

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, is strongly committed to equity and diversity and seeks a broad-spectrum of candidates in terms of race, sexual orientation and identity, gender, age, and disability or veteran’s status in accordance with Executive Order 1096 http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1096-rev-10-5-16.html and Executive Order 1095 http://www.csusm.edu/title9/Executive%20Order%201095%20Revised%20June%2023%202015.pdf.  The university is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.  CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges friendliest to junior faculty by the Collaborative n Academic Careers in Higher Education.   

The SHCS‘s goal in diversity training is to ensure that interns develop the knowledge, skills, and

awareness necessary to provide competent psychological services to all members of the public. To this end, the SHCS’s training program requires an expected competency in individual and cultural diversity. These competencies were developed to comply with the APA’s statement on Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public: “. . . professional psychology training programs strive to ensure that psychology trainees demonstrate acceptable levels of knowledge, skills, and awareness to work effectively with diverse individuals.” Diversity experiences and training are interwoven throughout the training program to ensure that interns are both personally supported and well-trained in this area.