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Multicultural Activities

We are committed to providing training that addresses the need for psychologists to be sensitive to and knowledgeable of the diversity among clients, students and the population at large. NIU’s student body includes approximately 30 percent ethnic minorities, primarily African-American, Latino/a and Asian-American students. There is also a growing segment of the student population (approximately 16 percent) who identify as non-traditional college students (over the age of 23), including military veterans. Our clientele reflects this diversity.

We have a number of programs and collaborative relationships in place to serve the student populations above, as well as students who identify as LGBTQ. One of the priorities in the assignment of clients to interns' caseloads is to reflect the diversity of the NIU student population.

Interns will have opportunities to present outreach programs and presentations to a wide-range of groups on campus, such as Housing and Residential Services, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, the Center for Black Studies, the Latino Resource Center, the Asian American Resource Center and the International Student and Faculty Office.

Multicultural and diversity training is integrated into the internship program through individual supervision, group supervision, training seminars and each intern's specialization area.