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What is Multiculturalism?
CARE stands for Counseling, Assessment, Research and Education, the four services we provide to the community.
At the heart of multiculturalism is the understanding that we are all multilayered. Our race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, and abilities intermingle and play many complex roles in the way we see ourselves and others. Addressing and working through differences in thoughts, beliefs and values will lead to a multicultural worldview and promote acceptance and integration.
A multicultural worldview values tolerance, adapts to social issues, and allows people to truly express who they are within a society. This lens is grounded in ideals of social justice, education equity, and a dedication to facilitating educational experiences in which all students reach their full potential as learners and as socially aware and active citizens--locally, nationally, and globally.
CARE strives to implement a counseling perspective which provides a foundation in basic counseling skills and focuses on social justice, multiculturalism, international awareness, advocacy and leadership. It is our belief that a global perspective on development across the life span, and an understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice are integral to the preparation of professional counselors -- requiring that professional counselors are prepared to assume leadership roles, be proactive change agents and become advocates for social, economic and political justice. CARE is committed to accomplishing this mission through the interconnectedness of teaching, research, service and professional practice. Through this mission, faculty will facilitate a continued tradition of national and regional leadership through the development of collaborative partnerships and projects, research, presentations, consultation, and training.
ARTICLES ON MULTICULTURALISM