Office of Diversity and Equity

WCSU Diversity Council

Last updated: August 18, 2022

UPDATE: The WCSU Diversity Council will reconvene in the Spring 2023 semester for the 2022-2023 academic year to provide university recommendations on supporting our university community during these challenging times.  The Office of Diversity and Equity will work with the Office of the President and WCSU Diversity Council during the Fall 2022 semester for recruitment purposes to be prepared to engage the campus community the following Spring 2023 semester. 

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



The Council will develop recommendations and initiatives to recruit and retain underrepresented minority groups in the identified community groups of the WCSU community.  Council members will partner with other groups in the WCSU community for the purposes of: promoting mutual gain through activities like student/employee recruiting, mentoring, consulting arrangements, internship opportunities, 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 2022-2023 academic year:

  1. Dissemination of information for WCSU Diversity Council membership and interest.
  2. Creating virtual and in-person university engagements for equity and inclusion practices in the Spring 2023 semester.
  3. Re-examining the creation and implementation of a 5-year WCSU Equity Action Plan inclusive on preventive strategies and resolutions to address racial trauma and healing for our university community.

As of September 1, 2022, 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
VACANT A&R Union N/A Image Unavailable
Cunningham, Jennifer A&R Union CSU Administrative Assistant

Office of the Provost

Contact the Provost's Office – Academics
Huang, Carol Ancell School of Business/AAUP Associate Professor

Finance Department

Faculty | Ancell School of Business
VACANT Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences/AAUP N/A N/A
Marasco, George SUOAF  

Storekeeper – Office of Property Management


Monte, Lorri-Ann School of Professional Studies/AAUP 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 Professional Studies/AAUP 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

VACANT Student representative –

Freshman Year



Sara Risko WCSU Student – Junior  

BS Health Promotion Studies




Student representative –

Sophomore Year




Student represntative –

Junior/Senior Year



WCSU Diversity Council Form(s):
NEW Academic Year 2022-2023 Spring 2023 Meeting Schedule (to be posted on or after September 6, 2022)

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)