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Mission and Goals

The mission of the Student Counseling Center is to empower DMU students to achieve success in their academic and professional endeavors.  Our goals are to:

  • Provide support, strategies, and skills to help DMU students manage stress, balance competing demands, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Offer counseling to assist DMU students in identifying obstacles to academic success and developing healthy coping strategies.
  • Encourage the mental health and emotional wellness of the DMU community through educational workshops and trainings.
  • Promote inclusion, understanding, affirmation, and celebration of diverse identities and cultures in the DMU community.


  • Support the vision of Student Services to provide a supportive student environment that is the model for other health professions education institutions.
  • Assist students in identifying and resolving challenges to maximize their potential to benefit from the DMU academic experience and to succeed as health professionals.
  • Conduct awareness programs that address remedial, preventive and developmental topics of interest to all students.
  • Support events that provide cultural awareness and understanding and seek to imbed inclusiveness into the culture at Des Moines University. 
  • Demonstrate teamwork and collaboration by working with other departments to provide services that support student interests and needs.
  • Engage in ongoing assessment through surveys, evaluations and interviews.