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Spring 2019: A Voyage of Discovery
Counselor

Steve Okiyama

Steve is a psychologist who has been working with college students throughout his career, having served on the campuses of University of California, Riverside, Cal State, Fullerton and Cal Poly Pomona, prior to his move to Colorado in 2012.  He has served in various past roles including coordinator of community relations, clinical services coordinator and clinical training coordinator, and is currently a senior staff psychologist within Colorado State Universities Health and Medical Center, Counseling Department, and liaison to the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC, part of Student Diversity Programs and Services).

As an undergraduate, Steve majored in Psychology (B.S.) at University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  He completed his doctoral studies in clinical psychology (Ph.D.) from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.

Professional practice passions include leading and co-leading groups on interpersonal process and men’s issues, and identity development throughout the college years and beyond.   His personal outlets include martial arts, running, snowboarding, surfing and yoga.

Steve is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and APA’s Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race.

Steve is looking forward to voyaging with diverse university students from across the world, as well as the USA, in a process of discovery of ourselves, enlarging our vision of humanity, and our places within the global space we are fortunate to occupy.  As in any journey in life, Steve believes what is most important is what we our able to take back to our respective communities.  That brings us meaning and purpose; our journey joins and connects us to others.  Steve has been to a few countries and continents, and is enthusiastic about going with this learning community of faculty, families & caretakers, students, staff, and ship crew to voyage “where we have never been before” and “may possibly come again.”   It will be the stories of Semester at Sea that become part of this larger family experience of treasured memories.  Steve is excited to be part of this legacy that will endure long after our voyage ends.