BAU’s counseling department provides students support for any personal challenges they may face during their studies–whether they derive from stresses from coursework, the challenges of adapting to a new environment, or other circumstances.

Ebony N. Lea, LICSW has over 12 years of experience helping children, adults and families in the D.C. area. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has been a counselor, clinical program staff supervisor, and a front-line advocate for youth and mental health. Ms. Lea graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore, receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a dual concentration in nonprofit management and clinical practice.

Sharif Salim, a former Middle School Principal in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), has decades of experience mentoring and counseling young people. Growing up Washington, D.C. in the 1950s, Sharif became a professional boxer and then manager of 12 World Boxing Champions. An associate of Muhammad Ali,  he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014 as a contributor to the sport.

Our two counselors are available to meet with students by appointment. You can reach Ebony at (202) 831-7039 or by email at You can reach Sharif at (202) 236-5151 or by email  at  

If any student needs specialized, professional mental health services, our counselors refer them to qualified, licensed specialists drawn from a network of organizations developed by BAU for the specific purpose of meeting its students’ mental health needs.

BAU International University is a member of Bahcesehir & Ugur Educational Institutions around the globe.