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

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 


  • 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