Office of Diversity and Equity

Diversity Programming and Training(s)

The University’s Office of Diversity and Equity is responsible for providing state-mandated training and education on diversity and equity 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 (“ODE”) offers a three-hour, state-mandated Cultural 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.

Fall 2018 semester schedules:

Target Audience Schedule(s)
For NEW Full-Time Employees: Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                                 Location: Midtown Student Center Room 226 

Friday, January 25, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                             Location: University Hall, 2nd Fl. Conference Room (or if needed, another designated location on Midtown Campus)

Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                                 Location: TBD

 

*If you’re a new employee, with one year or less 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.

 

For other Diversity and Equity Training(s) that are offered:

“Am I overreacting?” Understanding and Combating Micro-aggressions (Optional Session)

The goal of this workshop is to give faculty, staff and students a focus on racial microaggressions that are prevalent in colleges and universities, when we (in the university community) have witnessed what these microaggressions look like and their implications onto marginalized groups on campus.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Location: Midtown Campus, Building/Room: Student Center, Room 202  

Please email stokesk@wcsu.edu by September 26th if you wish to enroll and attend this workshop.  Open to faculty, staff and student employees.

 

Working with Diverse Student Populations: Understanding Social & Cultural Differences (Optional Session)

This training explores essential theories and practices that aid those who work with diverse populations in addressing and discussing the importance of mental health. This session takes a closer look at the unique considerations in working with diverse student populations and how to respond effectively.

Friday, October 19, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Location: Midtown Campus, Building/Room: Student Center, Room 202  

Please email stokesk@wcsu.edu by October 15th if you wish to enroll and attend this workshop.  Open to faculty, staff and student/student employees.

Friday, November 16, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Location: West Side Campus, Building/Room: Campus Center, Room 212/214

Please email stokesk@wcsu.edu by November 12th if you wish to enroll and attend this workshop.  Open to faculty, staff and student/student employees.

 

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 Spring 2019 semester

 

Upcoming Cultural Diversity Events:

Fall 2018 Cultural Diversity Events Calendar (posted on September 17, 2018)

Spring 2018 Cultural Diversity Events Calendar (posted on February 22, 2018)