Culture & Diversity
At CWC, we value diversity and recognize the unique challenges students may face based on one's race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, size, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, veteran status, and the many other ways one might identify. Throughout all of our services, including individual counseling, group counseling, and workshops, we strive to create a supportive and empowering environment that is inclusive of all students.
In addition to the information here, we also have self-help pages specifically for international, LGBTQ, and veteran students.
Multicultural Student Concerns and Resources
Multicultural students experience problems similar to other students including academic struggles, anxiety, depressed mood, relationship concerns, and adjustment issues. Check out our self-help resources or drop in on one of our weekly Ready for Success workshops for information on these and other topics. In addition, multicultural students face increased challenges as the result of discrimination, economic disempowerment, cultural expectations, family pressures, and identity exploration. In addressing these concerns, we recommend you check out our multicultural focus counseling groups currently being offered. Groups vary by semester, with commonly featured groups including Invincible Black Women, Invincible Black Men, and First Generation Empowerment. We also provide consultation and outreach presentations to student groups, faculty, and staff related to multicultural and diversity issues through ASPIRE and International Initiatives.
Beyond the services of the CWC, you may find it helpful to connect with other programs and students groups at UF. The University Minority Mentor Program, provided by Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, partners students with peer, faculty, and staff mentors who can provide personal guidance and assistance to students during their time at UF. The Center for Student Activities and Involvement provides information on student groups that may be a good source of community and support. The following list contains examples of some of the cultural and diversity related student groups.
If you would like more information on CWC services, please call or stop by our center to schedule a 20-minute triage appointment with a counselor.