Black Lives Matter

University of Portland's Health & Counseling Services staff stand in support of our Black students and against systemic racism. We recognize the negative effect oppression has on mental health and offer the following support resources:

  • Call the HCC at 503.943.7134 to make an appointment with one of our telemental health counselors. 
  • Text STEVE to 741741 to reach a culturally-trained crisis text line clinician. 

The Health and Counseling Center staff believe that understanding and addressing concepts in multicultural psychology, including the effects of oppression, intercultural communication, racial trauma, microaggressions and forms of institutional power, are fundamental to providing ethical and competent counseling services. The staff’s graduate-level curriculum was infused with focused trainings, discussions, and supervision on working effectively with people of color. Additionally, our licensed staff must fulfill continuing education requirements every two years on diversity topics pertaining to multicultural counseling and mental health. Our current staff have worked closely with marginalized populations both on college campuses and in the community. 

Our staff has specific training and experience in working with:

  • First-generation college students
  • Young adults of color 
  • Outreach to houseless youth
  • Gender-based trauma
  • Racial and intergenerational trauma

Regardless of our staff's level of expertise, experience, and deep commitment to equity and social justice, it is important to acknowledge that we are working toward greater staff diversity through active recruitment of therapists of color. We hold a lifelong commitment to humbly listening to our students, advocating for their needs, participating in ongoing training, and progressing towards justice and healing for our community.