Using the Multiple Lenses of Identity: Working With Ethnic and Sexual Minority College Students


Division of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Downtown Campus, Campus Box 106, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 (e-mail:


The authors discuss the complexities of working with clients with dual minority status (i.e., sexual orientation and ethnicity). The authors explore the multiple contexts that influence ethnic and sexual minority clients' self-concept. A case illustration of a Puerto Rican lesbian college student is presented, and suggestions for implementing multiple lenses in counseling dual minority clients are offered.