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Office of Diversity and Equity

Diversity Programming and Training(s)

Last updated: April 8, 2021

The Office of Diversity and Equity at Western Connecticut State University (“WCSU”) 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 either with Western Connecticut State University and/or any verified employment/service with a Connecticut state agency)

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.  As of July 1, 2021, the WCSU Cultural Diversity trainings will return to in-person training practicing the directed social distancing measures on campus and contact with participants will be generated by email.

WCSU 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.

2021/2022 Academic Year training schedule(s):

Target Audience Schedule(s)
For NEW Full-Time Employees:

 

Friday, April 9, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ALL STAFF/STUDENTS) 

Location: Virtual Event (WEBEX invite)

 

Friday, June 4, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (ADMIN. STAFF ONLY)

Location: Virtual Event (WEBEX invite)

 

Friday, August 9, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ADMIN STAFF ONLY) 

Location: In-person training, Location TBD

 

Friday, October 8, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (ADMIN STAFF ONLY)

Location: In-person training, Location TBD

 

Friday, January 21, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (ADMIN. STAFF ONLY)

Location: In-person training, Location TBD

 

Friday, March 25, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (ALL STAFF/STUDENTS)

Location: Virtual Event (WEBEX invite)

 

Friday, June 3, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (ADMIN. STAFF ONLY)

Location: Virtual Event (WEBEX invite)

 

For Existing Full-Time Employees**:

(Refresher Training)

 

N/A

Fall 2021 semester and Spring 2022 semester WCSU Title IX refresher training date(s) and time(s)* will be available on (or after) July 1, 2021.

*Please note that WCSU employees who did not complete the FIrstNet online sexual harassment training for employees and supervisors will be notified on or after July 1, 2021.

Tentative Fall 2021 semester WCSU Title IX refresher training date(s) and time(s) will be available on (or after) 

Friday, July 30, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Virtual Event (WEBEX Invite) TBD

 

Friday, October 29, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Virtual Event (WEBEX Invite) or In-person training session, Location TBD after August 2, 2021

 

 

 

*If you’re a new employee, with one (1) 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.

**If you’re an existing employee, with more than one (1) year of employment and/or have no evidence of taking this course with another Connecticut State Agency, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in an interactive refresher course in the 2020-2021 academic year (in collaboration with CSU System Office, Manchester Community College and the WCSU Office of Diversity and Equity) or during the virtual session(s) (at WCSU).

For more information on registering for one (or more) of the above sessions, please contact Ms. Keisha Stokes either by phone at (203) 837-8444 or by email at stokesk@wcsu.edu.

 *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 and/or cultural micro-aggressions that are prevalent in colleges and universities, when we (in the university community) have witnessed what these micro-aggressions look like and their implications onto marginalized groups on campus.

Please email stokesk@wcsu.edu if you wish to have this workshop presented at your next department/division meeting, open session and/or course lecture.  The scheduled session is open to faculty, staff and student employees for attendance.

 

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.

Please email stokesk@wcsu.edu  if you wish to have this workshop presented at your next department/division meeting, open session and/or course lecture.  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.

Please email stokesk@wcsu.edu  if you wish to have this workshop presented at your next department/division meeting, open session and/or course lecture.  Open to faculty, staff and student/student employees.

 

Upcoming Cultural Diversity Events:

Spring 2021 Cultural Diversity (Virtual) Activities and Events Calendar (posted on February 4, 2021)

Fall 2020 Cultural Diversity (Virtual) Activities and Events Calendar (posted on October 6, 2020)

 

Archived Cultural Diversity Events:

Spring 2020 Cultural Diversity Events Calendar (posted February 4, 2020)

Fall 2019 Cultural Diversity Events Calendar (posted on August 26, 2019)

Spring 2019 Cultural Diversity Events Calendar (posted on February 14, 2019)

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

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