Office of Diversity and Equity

Diversity Programming and Training(s)

Last updated: January 26, 2022

 

The Office of Diversity and Equity (“ODE”) 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

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Required one-time attendance during your career either with Western Connecticut State University and/or any verified employment/service with a Connecticut state agency

NEW: Effective Spring 2022 semester, ODE is working in conjunction with the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) for the CSCU System Office to offer a three-hour, state-mandated (virtual) Diversity Training* session for WCSU faculty and staff. This training is also aligned with our values and mission to foster and support our diverse educational and workplace environments.  

Through this training you will gain an understanding of:

  1. Civil rights and hate crime laws and protections for employees and students.
  2. How discrimination can occur in the workplace.
  3. Standards for working with and serving people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Strategies for addressing differences that may arise in a diverse work environment.

Please use the following information below to register for the training session. Please be advised that this is a two part training starting with a two (2) hour web-based session conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Center of Excellence followed by an online module through NEOGOV. The link for the NEOGOV online module will not be sent until the employee has completed the two hour training with the EEO Center of Excellence.

Training Date(s) are:

January 25, 2022          January 27, 2022           February 1, 2022             

February 9, 2022          February 17, 2021         March 16, 2022                

March 23, 2022

Registration is limited to thirty (30) participants per session, so please register ahead in the new Training Event Manager through this provided link at: https://events.dudesolutions.com/ct/

Below are the steps on how to register:

  1. Find the appropriate date and time of the session that works for your schedule.
  2. Click the ticket to begin the registration
  3. Click the registration button and enter a “1” for yourself in the Quantity field.
  4. Click on Submit to proceed.
  5. Complete the required fields, being sure to use your college email address for the registration, and then click on the Submit button.
  6. Review what you have entered, then click on the Confirm button when ready.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nicholas D’Agostino, Director of EEO, CSCU via email at ndagostino@commnet.edu.

The (virtual) training consists of two components.

The first segment focuses on an overview and update on CSCU/BOR policies, and procedures and an overview and update on civil rights and hate crime laws and protections for employees and students. The second component will focus on a discussion pertaining to how discrimination and/or harassment can occur in the workplace and cultural identity (i.e., race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, etc.) as it relates to WCSU students, campus life and/or classroom environments.  As of January 1, 2022, the WCSU Cultural Diversity trainings will remain as virtual training sessions in order to follow CDC guidelines and WCSU COVID-related restrictions for on-campus events and contact.  Emails will be sent to participants registered for the directed training instructions and participation guidance.

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 Cultural Diversity Mandated Training Schedule(s):

Target Audience Training Schedule(s)

For NEW Full-Time Employees:

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

Location: Virtual Event (WEBEX invite) Pre-registration is available here: 

https://minierdelgadoj.my.webex.com/webappng/sites/minierdelgadoj.my/meeting/info/d4165a66ba8d406fb96465866b409383?isPopupRegisterView=true

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

Location: Virtual Event (WEBEX invite) Pre-registration is available here:

https://minierdelgadoj.my.webex.com/webappng/sites/minierdelgadoj.my/meeting/info/d4165a66ba8d406fb96465866b409383?isPopupRegisterView=true

For Existing Full-Time Employees**:

(Refresher Training)

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**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 February 7, 2022.

Friday, March 11, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Location: Virtual Event (WEBEX invite) Pre-registration is available here: 

https://minierdelgadoj.my.webex.com/webappng/sites/minierdelgadoj.my/meeting/info/e22907d8f0084eabb4d8740de9370c4b?isPopupRegisterView=true

 

*If you’re a new employee, with one (1) year 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 eight (8) years 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 2021-2022 academic year

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 requested Diversity and Equity training(s) that are offered:

 

Diversity Training Complete. Now What? - HR Daily Advisor“Am I overreacting?” Understanding and Combating Micro-aggressions

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

Current/Upcoming Cultural Diversity Events:

2021-2022 Cultural Diversity (Virtual) Activities and Events Calendar

(Fall 2021 semester posted on August 30, 2021 & Spring 2022 semester posted on January 28, 2022)

 

Archived 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)

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)