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Wayne A. Assing

Assistant Director of Counseling Services

Wayne received his BA from Colgate University and his Master’s in Social Work from the Simmons College School of Social Work. Wayne understands the challenges college students face having worked in college counseling for over twenty years at Bridgewater State University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Tufts University. Wayne uses a holistic and person-centered approach to support students. He is a firm believer in personal resilience, and helping students use their life experiences as pathways for personal growth. Areas of interest include managing anxiety and depression, cross cultural awareness, group work, identity development, mindfulness, and trauma. Wayne is committed to issues of equity and social change and is the current chair of the Capacity Building work group for Vassar’s Engaged Pluralism Initiative and also a lead facilitator for Alternatives to Violence Project workshops promoting non-violence and community development at the Bedford Hills Women's Prison. Wayne enjoys the arts, meditation practices, nature, photography and travel.