“As we reflect at the conclusion of one of the most rancorous presidential elections in memory, I want to reaffirm that our campus remains wholly committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and respect for all. We celebrate difference in all of its forms and continue to strive for a campus climate where all are welcome. Our adherence to these values is especially important as we emerge from a period when the public discourse has been divisive and hurtful to so many members of our community.” – Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Chancellor
The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health is committed to the welfare and success of all members of our community and offers support through these resources.
Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) is an interdisciplinary counseling service, staffed by licensed mental health providers, including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and clinical nurse specialists. We provide short term individual, couple’s and group psychotherapy; psychiatric medication consultation and treatment; psychological assessment (testing); behavioral medicine; and crisis intervention services. We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and are also available 24 hours a day to provide crisis intervention services and assessment.
While the newest guidance from the federal government rescinds some previous protections for transgender students, UMass Amherst remains committed to supporting its trans students. Our nondiscrimination policy includes “gender identity and expression,” and the university will continue to seek to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, including trans students. We provide access to facilities and respect students’ pronouns and names consistent with their gender identity, even if their education records or identification documents indicate a different sex.
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy emphasizes the campus’ support for transgender individuals, noting, “Our position is simple: We try to provide a supporting and conducive environment for all our students, staff and faculty.“
The university’s commitment reflects related protections in Massachusetts, where lawmakers adopted legislation in 2011 and 2016 that grants anti-discrimination protections to transgender people in the state.
Further information on the university’s commitment to improving the living and learning environments for trans students can be found at: www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/university-providing-support-trans.