Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

We see you. We hear you. We support you.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research (CBHPAR) are committed to meeting the needs of our vibrantly diverse UAlbany community with multiculturally responsive services. We celebrate diversity as an essential component to the vitality of our campus community. We strive to provide spaces where individuals of all social identities and backgrounds can feel safe, accepted, appreciated, empowered, and seen. As a staff, we are addressing issues of diversity and inclusion in our clinical work, training, outreach, campus relationships, hiring, and staff development.

CAPS and CBHPAR stand in solidarity with our students who experience marginalization, and unequivocally condemn acts of violence, hatred, and racism. We also acknowledge the various structural and institutionalized systems that have created inequitable distribution of power, privilege, and resources in our society for individuals from historically marginalized populations. We care about social justice issues and strive to do better in this area as we work to dismantle systems of oppression.

We are currently working on expanding this section of our website to include more resources and content.  In our commitment to this work, we are open to feedback on how we are addressing these issues.  In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to CAPS with any questions or concerns, or to learn about our services offered.  Please contact us at (518) 442-5800 or [email protected].

Election Support and Resources

We at CAPS recognize that the 2020 Election Season may be a time of uncertainty, stress, and interpersonal conflict for many. To support our student community during this time, CAPS offers the following services and resources.

As part of the University community, we uphold these core truths: we value diversity, justice, inclusion, belonging, mutual respect, advocacy and concern for one another. We believe that the respect and dignity of each and every member of our community is essential to our well-being. To this end, we are committed to supporting you through this election and beyond.

Support and Resources for BIPOC Students

On Campus:

CAPS Groups -

  • Breathing Space - Antiracism support group for students of color
  • Women of Color Empowerment and Support Group
  • International Circle

Multicultural Resource Center

Online Resources:

Support and Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

On Campus:

CAPS Group - 

  • LGBTQ+ Empowerment and Support Group

Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

COVID-19 and the UAlbany LGBTQ+ Community resource guide

Preferred Name Policy - UAlbany allows students to change their preferred name at any time and have it displayed on class rosters, grade rosters, Blackboard, Outlook display name, Windows sign-on display, and University ID. More information can be found below:

Local Resources:

Pride Center of the Capital Region

In Our Own Voices 

Online Resources:

Antiracism and Allyship Resources

Previous Statements featured on the CAPS website

Statement on the January 6th events in the U.S. Capitol

The events on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol were unsettling and violent. In the midst of continued uncertainty in our nation, it is normal to feel a range of emotions like shock, anxiety, anger, sadness, numbness, and exhaustion, among others. CAPS is available to provide a safe space to discuss these emotions and offer support.

Call CAPS at 518-442-5800 or email [email protected] to speak to a clinician.

In Solidarity with Students of Color and Racial Justice Work (Summer 2020)

Counseling and Psychological Services is mourning the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the countless other unarmed Black people who have been targeted and murdered because of their race. We unequivocally condemn acts of violence, hatred, and racism. These murders, and innumerable other acts of discrimination and oppression, represent a racist and anti-Black pandemic in our country.  CAPS is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and we stand in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, staff, and community members against these horrific acts.

It is normal to feel anger, fear, sadness, exhaustion, confusion, or any number of intense or mixed emotions when incidents of racial terrorism are covered in the news or are the topic of conversations with those close to us.  If you would like to seek support, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by calling CAPS at 518-442-5800.  You may request to speak with a specific staff member if you would like, and can find a full list of our staff with information about each of us here.

Commitment to a Campus Free of Sexual Violence (Summer 2020)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to a campus community free of sexual violence. The recent social media posts discussing sexual violence in our community, while empowering for some, may cause distress for others, and we want to remind you that CAPS is here for you. We are committed to providing students with a safe and confidential space to seek support. We are offering remote services and trauma-informed care. If you would like to speak to a psychologist at CAPS, please call us at 518-442-5800 or email us at [email protected].

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