Office of Diversity and Equity

WCSU Diversity Council

Last updated: September 8, 2021
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UPDATE: The WCSU Diversity Council will reconvene in the 2021-2022 academic year to provide university recommendations on supporting our university community during these challenging times with community trauma and healing.  The Office of Diversity and Equity will work with the WCSU Diversity Council and other university groups in order to engage the campus community. 

The Office of Diversity and Equity, in partnership with the Office of the Provost/Vice President for the Division of Academic Affairs, launched the first Diversity Council in December 2017.  The Western Connecticut State University (“WCSU” or “University”) Diversity Council (“the Council”) will be comprised of representation from Management/Confidential staff, AAUP, Clerical, Police, Maintenance and Student representatives to utilize their experience and expertise to develop and support methods for advancing the presence of diversity and inclusion of underrepresented minority groups within the university community.


The  Council will function as advisors in developing initiatives to recruit and retain underrepresented minority groups in the identified community groups of the WCSU community.  Council members will also identify partnership opportunities between WCSU and the business community for the purposes of: promoting mutual gain through activities like student/employee recruiting, mentoring, consulting arrangements, internship opportunities, and involving faculty members in practical business problems, solutions, arranging for guest speakers from industry, supporting University-wide outreach operations, and bringing students and employees into direct contact with members of the Danbury community. The Council will assist the Office of Diversity and Equity on key trends, changes, and developments so that Western Connecticut State University can more readily integrate “real world” matters into curriculum and other university activities

Key Priorities for the Council completed in the 2021-2022 academic year:

  1. Dissemination of information for WCSU Diversity Council membership and interest.
  2. Creating virtual and in-person university engagements for diversity and equity practices.
  3. Re-examining the creation and implementation of a WCSU Diversity Action Plan.
  4. Re-examining strategies and resolutions to promote racial trauma and healing for our university community.

As of September 1, 2021, the members of the Diversity Council are as follows:

Council Member Represented

WCSU Region




Arslan, Hasan Ancell School of Business/AAUP Associate Professor, Justice and Law Administration Faculty | Ancell School of Business
Brown, Michelle Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences/Management-Conf. Dean, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office Staff - Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences
Ercoli, Michael A&R Union Qualified Craft Worker- Locksmith

WestConnect Card Office

Extended appointment to 2023

Cunningham, Jennifer A&R Union CSU Administrative Assistant

Office of the Provost

Contact the Provost's Office – Academics
Edwards-Harris, Eden SUOAF Resident Director

Office of Housing and Residence Life

Meet the Housing & Residence Life Staff | Housing & Residence Life
Huang, Carol Ancell School of Business/AAUP Associate Professor

Finance Department

Faculty | Ancell School of Business
Keys, Truman Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences/AAUP Professor, Communications and Media Arts

Extended appointment to 2023

NCA TV - Truman Keys (Western Connecticut State) Interview - YouTube
Marasco, George SUOAF  

Storekeeper – Office of Property Management


Monte, Lorri-Ann School of Professional Studies Assistant Professor, Education and Education Psychology


Morel, Elisabeth SUOAF Director, Office of AccessAbility Services A-Z of Student Services – WCSU Student Handbook 2020-21
Moreira, April School of Professor Studies Assistant Professor, Social Work


April Moreira, D.S.W., L.C.S.W – Social Work
Pote, Robert SUOAF Director, Pre-Colliegate and Access Department

Extended appointment to 2023

Robert Pote's email & phone | Western Connecticut State University's Director Pre-Collegiate and Access Programs email
Steinmetz, Paul Management/Conf. Chief of Staff, President’s Office

Extended appointment to 2023

Office and Senior Staff | Office of the President
Dennis, Daryle SUOAF Assistant Dean, Division of Student Affairs

Ex-officio Member

Assistant Dean of Students – Student Affairs
Jesenia Minier Management/Conf. Chief Diversity Officer/WCSU ADA & Title IX Coordinator

Council Organizer and Ex-officio Member

Woodson, Brianna Student – Sophomore  

BS Biology

Risko, Sara Student – Sophomore  

BS Health Promotion Studies




Student representative –

Freshman Year




Student represntative – Junior/Senior Year



WCSU Diversity Council Form(s):

REVISED Academic Year 2021-2022 Meeting Schedule (REVISED posted August 30, 2021)

WCSU Diversity Council Nomination Form/Membership Information (posted August 2, 2021)

WCSU Diversity Council By-Laws (posted August 26, 2019)