Office of Diversity and Equity

Cultural Diversity Programming and Training(s)

The University’s Office of Diversity and Equity is responsible for providing state-mandated training and education on cultural diversity at the University and offers the following:

Cultural Diversity Training: Embracing Diversity in the Workplace

(Required one-time during your career with Western Connecticut State University)

The Office of Diversity and Equity offers a three-hour, state-mandated Diversity Training* session annually for WCSU faculty, staff and students. The training consists of two components. The first segment focuses on ODE responsibilities, policies, and procedures.  The second component will focus on a particular identity (i.e., race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, etc.) as it relates to college students, campus life and/or classroom environments.

The University is committed to creating a campus culture where all members of our community are valued and recognized. These sessions do not only support this initiative but enhance our sense of community engagement.

Spring 2018 semester schedules:

Target Audience Schedule
For NEW Full-Time Employees: Friday, April 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                               Location: University Hall, 2nd Fl. Conference Room

Friday, June 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                           Location: University Hall, 2nd Fl. Conference Room

 

*If you’re a new employee, with less than one year of employment and/or have no evidence of taking this course with another Connecticut State Agency, you will be automatically enrolled by the Human Resources Department and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

To register for one of the above sessions, please contact Ms. Keisha Stokes by email at stokesk@wcsu.edu for registration.

 *CONN. GEN. STAT §46a-54 (16). – To require each state agency that employs one or more employees to (A) provide a minimum of three hours of diversity training and education (i) to all supervisory and nonsupervisory employees, not later than July 1, 2002, with priority for such training to supervisory employees, and (ii) to all newly hired supervisory and nonsupervisory employees, not later than six months after their assumption of a position with a state agency, with priority for such training to supervisory employees.

 

Other Cultural Diversity Training(s):

Bridging the Generational Gap (Optional Session)

Each generation brings its own set of beliefs, values, culture, perspectives, and skills to the workplace. These differences impact employees and the productivity of businesses. Attracting and retaining the best and brightest of all four generations ensures that the University retain talent and remain competitive. This 90-minute training will provide an overview of the four generations in today’s workplace, will teach how generational differences impact motivation and work culture, and will help you create a workplace that effectively incorporates all four generations.

This training session will be available in Fall 2018 semester

 

Emotional Intelligence (Optional Session)

Experts now recognize that intellectual knowledge and technical skills are insufficient for success at work or in life. Emotional intelligence skills have become a crucial determinant of success in the workplace. This workshop will discuss elements of emotional intelligence and ways to become more emotionally intelligent.

This training session will be available in Fall 2018 semester

 

Understanding Disabilities in the Workplace (Optional Session)

This training explores what disability is and what it means for the individual.  It explores how University students and staff can make changes to their own behavior and communication to help them offer good support to people with disabilities, and examines how the public perception of people with disabilities can create barriers to inclusion. This training may be co-delivered by members of the University Office of AccessAbility Services.  It will help participants to discover ways in which they can adapt their own communication so they can be understood by people with disabilities.

This training session will be available in Fall 2018 semester

 

Upcoming Cultural Diversity Events:

Spring 2018 Cultural Diversity Events Calendar (posted February 6, 2018)