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Diversity Coordinators

Business Hours:
Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Appointment-Scheduling hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
Phone: (512) 471-3515 - Student Services Building 5th Floor
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At CMHC we highly value the diversity that all of our students bring to campus. Our team of Diversity Coordinators includes clinicians who have specialized interests, training, knowledge, etc. for serving different populations. Although our Diversity Coordinators have a unique role in specializing services to reach underserved populations, all CMHC clinicians and staff are committed to social justice and diversity consciousness.

Our goal is to work together with campus partners to provide services to students, as well as stay attuned to the needs of our students so we can continually improve access to services and quality of care. Our role in this effort is to coordinate the involvement of various CMHC staff to meet the diverse needs of our campus. As a team we plan to maintain our connections with campus communities and collaborate on services.

What we do

We work closely with faculty/staff to offer consultation and support to them as they work directly with students; however, the services we provide to students are always confidential, and our faculty/staff understand the importance of protecting student privacy in this way. Some examples of the work we do include:

  • Developing open discussion groups for mental health needs in marginalized communities
  • Outreach programs to students for building awareness of mental health and self-care
  • Diversity trainings for staff/faculty across campus
  • Open consultation hours for students interested in mental health services
  • Systemic changes within CMHC to ensure services are more accessible, inclusive, and affirming
  • Participate in campus community events

Collaboration

The Diversity Coordinators really value interdepartmental collaboration and invite various campus partnerships. Some of our partners already include the Multicultural Engagement Center, the Gender & Sexuality Center, African and African Diaspora Studies Department, Mexican and Latino Studies, Center for Asian American Studies, International Student & Scholar Services, and the Dean of Students Office. If you would like to collaborate, please contact our Diversity Coordinators:

Kimberly Burdine, Ph.D., Liaison to Black & African-American students; kburdine@austin.utexas.edu.
Sylvia Chen, Ph.D. , Liaison to International Students; schen@austin.utexas.edu
Sebastián Colon-Otero, LCSW, Liaison to Latina (o) Students; scolonotero@austin.utexas.edu
Monica Thiagarajan, Ph.D, Liaison to Asian-American Students; mthiagarajan@austin.utexas.edu>
Joey Hannah, Ph.D., Liaison to the LGBTQA+ Community; djhannah@austin.utexas.edu



We're here for you.    We recognize that many UT students are being impacted by historical and recent events. The CMHC holds firm to the university’s values and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our staff are here to help students navigate through these times. Click here to learn about our resources.


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