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About the Council on Inclusion and Diversity

Our goals are to Identify, Celebrate, Advocate, and Respect Equality.  (I.C.A.R.E)

We IDENTIFY Diversity and inclusion by:

  • Administering employee campus climate survey;
  • Diversity and Inclusion in employee onboarding and exiting process;
  • Observing and finding solutions to Diversity and Inclusion concerns.

We CELEBRATE DIversity and Inclusion through:

  • Cultural events;
  • Recognition of accomplishments and involving ASUN friends and family.

We ADVOCATE Diversity and Inclusion through:

  • Sharing ideas electronically;
  • Promoting the OZ culture;
  • College communication.

We RESPECT EQUALITY in Diversity and Inclusion through:

  • Educating in small groups;
  • Facilitating cross-cultural and current event conversation;
  • Distributing D & I posters; 
  • Coordinating Book reads.



Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a personal opportunity to receive support and experience growth during challenging times in life. Individual counseling may be short-term and goal-oriented on a specific concern to help students develop better-coping strategies, resolve conflicts and maintain sound functioning in their academic and social lives.

Individual counseling takes place in a safe, caring, and confidential environment.  Counseling allows students to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals and work toward desired change.

Many concerns are readily resolved with short-term counseling and other more complex concerns that require long term counseling, students will be referred to an off campus Behavior health clinic.

Click here to set up an Individual Counseling session.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues among college students given that they are provided the opportunity to interact with others who have similar life experiences. Validation and feedback can be immediate allowing for quick growth in a safe and supportive environment.  Group counseling also gives you the opportunity to practice new behaviors, gain feedback from peers, and learn from their experiences. Most importantly, you will recognize that you are not alone.

It is common to feel anxious when thinking about joining a group. It can be difficult to share personal thoughts and concerns with others. There are some things you can do to maximize the chances that group will be a meaningful and healing experience for you such as being willing to participate and commit to group, thinking about what you would like to gain from group, knowing your limits in self disclosure but finding ways to challenge yourself in order to grow. Learning about yourself in group counseling has a positive effect on your relationships and can improve you academic success.

Group counseling typically consist of 10-12 students, which meet weekly throughout the semester. It’s important that you attend every session of your group.

Crisis Intervention

Students experiencing mental health emergencies such as psychological trauma or thoughts of seriously harming self or others.

For crisis assistance during normal office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday through Friday call 870-512-7763 or email .

During after hours, weekends and holiday breaks dial 911 and ask for assistance.

Other resources for mental health emergencies include: 

  • Nearest hospital emergency room
  • Local police department
  • Mental Health Clinic
  • National Prevention Suicide Hotline
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault Hotline
  • Substance Abuse and General Mental Health National Hotline