G. Commitment to Social Justice & Advocacy

The OSU Counselor Education Program is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages individuals to strive to reach their own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the Program seeks to develop and nurture diversity, believing that it strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. The Ohio State University prohibits discrimination against any member of the campus community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, health status, or veteran status.

As counselors, we live these beliefs. This is more than policy, this is our lived experience with clients and with each other. Living lives as social justice advocates means integrating the values of dignity and worth of all human beings in all of our personal and professional interactions. We believe that we are at our best when we work together to promote equity and access for everyone, to understand and fight oppression in all its forms, and to encourage each member of our community to establish a personal set of principles and ideals that will direct that individual toward a lifelong commitment to social justice and advocacy. We recognize that this is developmental in nature and that we are all striving as individuals and as a community.

 

Each year, the OSU Faculty & Students are asked to sign this statement and recommit to these values. This public recommitment takes place in November.