A message from the AUCCCO Board of Directors in collaboration with and under the leadership of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee

August 16, 2017

In light of the recent displays of hatred and violence by a group of white supremacists toward communities of color and other marginalized groups in Charlottesville, VA, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO) wishes to speak out against racism and violence in all its forms.  We voice our solidarity with and commitment to our colleagues and students of color, as well as other communities directly impacted.  We acknowledge that this tragedy sparks deep pain, fear, anger, frustration, and exhaustion, especially in the context of historical racism and oppression. 

As mental health professionals, we seek to continue our social justice work to provide support and care to all who are impacted; to illuminate the traumatic effects of oppression, including racial-based trauma; and to work to eliminate systems of oppression as well as create safe, inclusive environments.  We acknowledge that there are some within our organization who have the lived experiences of racism and others who do not. Each of us has a responsibility to unite with individuals whose oppressed identities we do not share, to speak out against injustices, to encourage peaceful dialogue across differences, and to understand our own areas of privilege and ways in which we contribute to the maintenance of an oppressive system even unintentionally.   

We encourage everyone to care for themselves and one another, and also recognize that people respond to tragedies in many different ways.  We are reminded of the crucial role that Counseling Centers can play in reaching out to marginalized populations on campus and in our communities, as we strive for peace and respect for human differences.  Please know that AUCCCO, and our strong, resilient, and inclusive community is here to support you and your outreach efforts. We encourage you to use resources on our member site, as well as the listserv, to both share ideas and support one another.

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AUCCCO Conference (Photo: Utah 2015)

Join us in June 2017, Ann Arbor MI, for the 10th Annual Outreach Conference!

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO), is a national organization of counseling center professionals who are passionate about outreach. We are akin to the counseling center associations for Directors, Training Directors and Clinical Directors. We officially announced the establishment of our organization on June 5, 2009 at the University of Michigan during the closing ceremonies of our 2nd National Outreach Conference for Counseling Centers.

The mission of the AUCCCO is to assist professionals involved in the leadership of outreach, consultation, and campus community interventions. AUCCCO provides opportunities for networking, professional identity development, idea exchange and creating standards for quality outreach services. AUCCCO promotes a broad understanding of outreach, prevention and education services based on the assumption that outreach must extend the expertise of counseling centers to the larger campus community. AUCCCO recognizes that, as the campus climate has a profound influence on students’ lives, outreach services must be informed by perspectives that address the intersection of multiple social identities, promote social justice, and celebrate diversity in all its forms.

If you are interested in joining AUCCCO, please find more information here.

Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach
Statement on tragedy in Orlando, FL

June 14, 2016
The Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO), along with others across the country and beyond, are reeling from the tragedy in Orlando.  Our hearts are heavy, particularly after an engaging annual conference focused on diversity, as we try to absorb the devastation of that which is unfathomable…

Read the full statement: AUCCCO Statement on tragedy in Orlando

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