About the University Counseling Center

To enhance the well-being of our diverse GVSU community through mental health services, including prevention, education, and counseling.

The University Counseling Center (UCC) strives to be viewed as an essential resource for enhancing student mental health, well-being, and academic success and recognized by the university community as integral in achieving the university mission. Characterized as dynamic, proactive, and innovative in responding to the needs of a diverse university community, the Center cultivates a highly competent staff and evolving service and training practices. The UCC staff strengthens relationships within the Center, the University, and the broader community through compassion and advocacy. 

  • We advocate for and promote a culture of inclusivity and equity through active engagement in social justice.
  • We promote the importance of holistic wellness and self-care in maintaining mental health and emotional wellbeing. 
  • We are committed to providing individualized, evidenced-based services and creating culturally sensitive spaces for students to feel heard, accepted, and affirmed. 
  • We embrace a team-based approach to individual and organizational well-being, striving for collaborative decision-making and mutual support.
  • We support ongoing professional development as a critical factor in enhancing staff competence, expertise, and the effectiveness of our service and training practices. 
  • We bring a specialized mental health perspective to the campus community through collaborative partnerships and interdependent relationships.

The Grand Valley State University Counseling Center is committed to providing culturally sensitive services to GVSU students and the campus community. The staff of the Counseling Center place high value on issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. We recognize the variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences of our students and know these components create their individual identities.

Multicultural competency is core to the work we do each day. We strive to provide safe and affirming spaces for students to discuss concerns they face through the lens of their identities. We acknowledge the impact of power, privilege, oppression, stereotypes, and discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status, weight and other identities. We work to create spaces for students to feel heard, accepted, and affirmed. We recognize that being culturally humble is a lifelong journey. We are committed to this journey and continue with ongoing professional and personal development in this area.

2022-2023 Year In Review

The University Counseling Center is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.

Page last modified February 7, 2024