Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Minority Recruitment

Minority Recruitment Policy: The principles of ethnic diversity and equal rights are accepted and valued by the CMHC faculty members at SOSU. The program recognizes that embracing these principles serves as a genuine indicator of a program’s commitment to equal opportunity. In this regard, the program views its role in the recruitment of minority students as a professional challenge and responsibility.

The CMHC Master’s Degree Program employs a variety of approaches for recruiting and retaining minority students. Examples of such efforts include the following:

  • Using established university affirmative action guidelines in the recruitment of students and the review of student applications
  • Utilizing the ACA Code of Ethics and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Multicultural Counseling Competencies as guidelines for minority recruitment activities
  • Involving campus minority student organizations, along with minority alumni of the department, in recruiting minority students
  • Encouraging students to use services provided by the Multicultural Student Office at Southeastern
  • Inviting Native American students to utilize services provided by the Native American Center for Student Success at Southeastern
  • Encouraging students to participate in active campus multicultural organizations such as the following:
    • The Black Student Association
    • The International Student Association
    • The Native American Council
  • Using equitable admissions requirements and review processes (i.e., using multiple criteria)
  • Seeking to employ minority faculty members
  • Continuing to support a systematic university affirmative action program

Nondiscrimination Policy: To indicate institutional compliance with the various laws and regulations that require a Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy, the following statement is intended to reflect that Southeastern Oklahoma State University will, in all manner and respects, continue to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and offer programs of Equal Educational Opportunity. This institution, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and other federal laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran of the Vietnam era, special disabled veteran, or any status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law or ordinance in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services.

Further, it is the policy of the CMHC Master’s Degree Program to avoid discrimination against students by adhering to guidelines set forth by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics. Section C.5. (Nondiscrimination) of the ACA Code of Ethics indicates, “Counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination against prospective or current clients, students, employees, supervisees, or research participants based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, religion/spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/partnership status, language preference, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or any basis proscribed by law.” (2014, p. 9).