Welcome to Orientation! We would like to acknowledge the land we are on. The Portland Metro area rests on traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River. Today peoples from these bands have become part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz, as well as the Chinook and Cowlitz Nations. It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and to recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.

If you have any questions throughout the day, our check in Smith Memorial Student Union (Ballroom, 355) will remain open for the entirety of the program.
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Jose Coll

Portland State University, School of Social Work & College of Education
Dr. Coll was born in Havana, Cuba and migrated to the United States during the 1980 Mariel
Boat Lift. After serving as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, he
completed a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Saint Leo University, his master’s degree in
Social Work from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Education and
Supervision from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Coll is the current Dean of the School of Social Work at Portland State University and has
held administrative and faculty positions at Texas State University, University of Southern
California, and Saint Leo University. His research interests have been predominantly on
worldview development and counseling veterans with a focus on veteran transition. He is the
author and co-editor of numerous publications, including: The Counselors Primer for
Counseling Veterans, Linus Publications; co-editor of The Handbook of Military Social
Work, Wiley Press; Student Veterans in Higher Education: A Primer for Administrators,
Faculty, and Advisors, Lyceum Books and most recent Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues
and Identities, Praeger Publishing.

He is a graduate of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, University of
California, Berkeley, Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), Harvard’s Institute for
Management Development Program (MDP), Harvard’s Institute for Management and Leadership
in Education (MLE).