Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Affirming and Accepting Services

We proudly provide affirming services by welcoming every student’s identity and creating an accepting environment. Examples include:

Identity-based support groups

Affinity spaces and resources honoring intersectionality 

  • Balance for graduate students of color 
  • Prism for LGBTQ students of color
  • Let's Connect Now (BIPOC students):
    The Counseling Center is offering a drop-in space to provide support for BIPOC students. This is not a therapy space, but rather a chance for students to have an informal one-on-one conversation with a counselor who shares this identity. Students can expect to speak with a counselor for about 20 minutes. Since this is not a scheduled appointment, students should be aware that there may be a brief wait before speaking with the counselor. After-hours support is available by calling 410-617-5530. Information about additional counseling services can be shared, if needed, during the drop-in session. Join us on Zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4pm EST beginning 10/13.
  • Let's Connect Now (LGBTQ+ Students):
    The Counseling Center is offering a drop-in space to provide support for LGBTQ+ students.  This is not a therapy space, but rather a chance for students to have an informal one-on-one conversation with a counselor who identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Zoom link is available on our website. Students can expect to speak with a counselor for about 20 minutes. Since this is not a scheduled appointment, students should be aware that there may be a brief wait before speaking with the counselor, if they have already begun meeting with another student during the drop-in time. Students needing to speak with a counselor urgently should call the Counseling Center at 410-617-2273. After-hours support is available by calling 410-617-5530. Information about additional counseling services can be shared, if needed, during the drop-in session. Join us on Zoom Wednesdays from 2-3pm EST beginning 10/14.

Culturally inclusive language and communication  

  • Use of gender pronouns and preferred names for students as well as staff
  • Staff names and pronouns listed on office doors
  • Open-ended options regarding identity on intake paperwork 

Accessibility 

  • Paperwork
  • Reformatting and accessibility of forms
  • Use of iPads 
  • Braille Signage

Ongoing evaluation of treatment

  • Regular survey assessment of students’ experiences with their counselor
  • The staff works regularly to improve services to all students by:
    • Meeting weekly to explore cultural aspects that affect specific student experiences
    • Assessing how we are serving underrepresented populations on campus and discussing social justice issues that impact their mental health in an active internal Social Justice Committee
    • Conducting and publishing multicultural research, collecting data on counseling outcomes, and assisting with campus-wide climate survey evaluation
    • Continuing in Professional Development activities focused on increasing cultural humility, knowledge, and self-awareness