Director, Student Development Center
The Student Development Center (SDC) is a student-centered department
that provides personalized “hi-touch” service to every student who
visits either by appointment or as a walk-in.
We facilitate growth,
wellness and development of the entire student as he/she takes full
advantage of his/her college experience.
SDC values the student, through our student-centered services, our
partnership on student learning, our collaboration on student diversity
and our emphasis on student strength.
The mission of SDC is to provide
intentionally designed multifaceted services in a safe and conducive
environment that facilitates growth, wellness and development of the
entire student. The four operational components of SDC are:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
We recognize the importance of trust in a counseling relationship and stresses the
divergent methods of understanding the subjective world of students
using the wellness model. Individual and group counseling services are
provided to students. In addition to helping students stabilize their
presenting problem situation, this component guides students to achieve
satisfactory academic progress.
Community Service Learning (CSL)
meaningful volunteer services that impact positively on students, CSL assists students with completing the mandatory 60 hours of community
service prior to graduation.
International Student Services (ISS)
Southern University at New Orleans’ international community from
approximately 15 countries, ISS is a regulatory compliance component
that focuses on F-1/F-2 Student visa status relative to Immigration and
Consultation/Outreach/Special Services (COSS)
consists of “bridging the gap projects,” which include workshop series,
the Counselors-on-Call project, classroom presentations, and
consultations to campus student organizations, departments, faculty and
The Center is staffed by a director, who also serves as a counselor, a
full-time counselor, a service learning coordinator, a licensed
part-time psychologist and an administrative assistant.
Office hours are
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students requiring
assistance beyond these hours should call for an appointment.