Mission Statement

The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling (HPC) is a diverse and collaborative community whose primary mission is to train skilled professionals using a theory-to-practice model in Student Affairs, School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy.  We have rigorous programs that adhere to best practice standards with a focus on social justice and inclusion, reflexive practice, critical thinking, and engagement. We accomplish this through an emphasis on holistic and person centered approaches. (Adopted by HPC Department Faculty on 1-30-2019.)


HPC Commitment to Diversity

The Human Development and Psychological Counseling (HPC) Department seeks to educate practitioner-scholars who serve with humility, reflect on their own identities and positionalities, embrace equity and inclusion, and navigate the complex realities of doing social justice-based work. We are committed to creating a learning environment among students, staff, and faculty that fosters critical consciousness, values diverse identities, and engages in purposeful action toward dismantling systemic oppression in our fields. We also recognize the tension between diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts and the practices, policies, and systems within our institution and broader society that are barriers to cultivating this kind of environment. As such, we strive to be transparent and responsive, reduce our role in perpetuating injustice, and work towards equity and justice with and on behalf of the students in our programs and in the communities that we serve.