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Office of Counseling & Disability Services (OCDS)


The Office of Counseling & Disability Services (OCDS) mission is to provide confidential counseling and disability services that accommodate and serve the emotional, psychological, and physical needs of UDC-CC students.


The Office of Counseling & Disability Services provides two components of service:

Counseling Services

We provide support and referral services to students in the form of individual counseling, crisis intervention, workshops and events for UDC-CC students dealing with transitions in life, stress, self-esteem, grief/loss/trauma, emotional/mental problems, relationship/family problems, addiction and substance abuse. The mentioned areas are a summary of the services we provide. However, please don't hesitate to contact us if you ever have questions regarding services that directly relate to you.

The Counseling Process & Confidentiality

We welcome students to utilize our services.  The first step of receiving OCDS’s counseling services is to speak with an OCDS Counselor.   A UDC-CC student’s initial appointment will be a consultation and/or an intake.  It is then the student’s decision, during or after the appointment, whether or not to continue receiving services from OCDS.  Information shared by you to an OCDS Counselor will kept in strict confidence. The confines of confidentiality will be shared during your interaction with an OCDS counselor.

OCDS Programs

OCDS Wellness Program: A healthy lifestyles and self-care initiative for promoting wellness among the UDC-CC community. The wellness program consist of facilitating events, workshops, classroom presentations, information sessions/tables/kiosks, safe sex education and condom distribution that all surrounds advocacy for various facets of wellness. For requests of any of the above services, contact Avetta White at or 202.274.6173.

Kognito Interactive Program: An initiative from the HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health has given UDC and UDC-CC services to provide faculty, student leaders and veteran leaders training and resources in dealing with “At-Risk” populations/situations on college campuses. This effort is designed to enhance awareness and the well-being of the college community.  As a result, OCDS serves as the campus administrator for the UDC-CC campus in the facilitation of trainings offered by this program. For more information contact Avetta White, or 202.274.6173.

Disability Services

OCDS has the responsibility of exploring possible coverage and reasonable accommodations for UDC-CC students under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. OCDS is the office on campus that provides support services and coordinates accommodations to meet the needs of students who may have a variety of disabilities such as, but not limited to, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD), Psychological Disorders, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Mobility Impairments, and Chronic Health Disorders.

OCDS does not offer diagnostic testing or content tutoring, but can make referrals to community resources.  Some of the services offered are Adaptive/Assistive Technology, Interpreting Services, Lab/Library Assistance, Letters to Professors, Note taking Support, Priority Registration, Test Accommodations, and Reading Services.

Qualifications & Responsibilities of Students with Disabilities

1) Self-identify your disability; 2) Provide documentation of your disability; 3) Follow established institutional
procedures;4) Request accommodations in a timely manner each semester by meeting with his or her OCDS
Counselor; 5) Notify his or her OCDS Counselor if there are difficulties with securing accommodations or with the
quality of the accommodations. For more information contact Dr. Joan Jackson, or 202.274.6182.


If you are currently experiencing a medical/mental health emergency or are concerned about your own safety or the safety of someone else, please do not delay.  Call 911 for immediate assistance or report to the nearest emergency room or police station.

Contact Us

OCDS Office Hours:
Mondays – Thursdays: 9:00 am-6:30 pm
Fridays: 9:00 am-5:00 pm    (Office Hours are subject to change)    

* OCDS hours are from 9 am-5 pm during UDC-CC break periods (i.e., winter, spring and summer breaks).

OCDS Staff:

Avetta M. White, M.A.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Room 219, UDC-CC 801 N. Capitol Campus

Services: Liaison for UDC-CC counseling services; provide counseling to community college students; coordinate OCDS programs, presentations, and events for community college students. 

Joan K. Jackson, Ed.D 
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
Room 218, UDC-CC Main Campus

Services: Liaison for UDC-CC disability services; provide accommodations services and programs for students with disabilities; provide counseling to community college students.  


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Admission Deadlines

Fall - May 15
Spring - October 15
Summer - April 15

International Applicant Deadlines

Fall - April 15
Spring - September 15
Summer - March 15


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