Office of Diversity and Equity

Welcome Message

Paul Steinmetz





Welcome to the Office of Diversity & Equity website and welcome back to a new 2018-19 academic year!

We’re excited for a new year, which brings new possibilities. We hope that you not only explore the webpage, but that you interact with us in person!  You’ll notice on our Fall 2018 diversity calendar (that will be posted on or after September 4, 2018) that there’s a lot of activity in our office and we’d love to see you at some of our upcoming events.

The upcoming Fall 2018 events are:

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 – Classical Performance with Carlos Pavan
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018 – Workshop: “Am I overreacting?” Understanding and Combating Micro-aggressions
  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 – Town Hall: “Not Your Language: Speaking Out on Micro-aggressions”
  • Lunch with a Leader series – various dates in September, October, November and December 2018

The Office of Diversity and Equity is always striving for transparency and creating an institutional culture where diversity, equity and inclusion are ingrained in everything we do.  This year, we welcome new university leadership, and are excited for the guidance and support offered by:

Dr. Michelle Brown, Dean for the Macricosta School of Arts and Sciences

 Barry Eckert, Interim Dean for the School of Professional Studies.

We’re implementing new programs and policies guided by the feedback we receive from the WCSU community through informal conversations, student associations and other opportunities to engage in dialogue around bias, privilege and oppression.  Thanks to the work of the Campus Response and Resource Team (“CaRRT”), the University has launched the use of an Anonymous Incident Reporting system to allows for bias-related and sexual misconduct incident reporting to be promptly addressed by the University.  To ensure transparency and accountability around issues related to diversity, we release annual reports and perform research data analysis for quality improvement on campus.  We want issues that affect the WCSU community we identify with and serve to influence and shape the way we take action, the initiatives and programs we create, and the activities we support.

We look forward to getting to know you, whether it’s by studying and relaxing in our office or by recruiting with us, assisting with our pipeline programs or meeting you at different events.  Please allow our website to serve as a guided resource where you can access information on course work, faculty research, services and programs all related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

For new students, we are eager to meet you and for returning students, we are excited to reconnect with you!  Please feel free to reach out by phone at (203) 837-8444 or by email at about the programs, services, and activities provided by our office.

Happy exploring!

Jesenia Minier Delgado

Chief Diversity Officer/University ADA and Title IX Coordinator