Office of Diversity and Equity

Diversity Events Calendar – Fall 2019

 

               

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage (“HLH”) Month at WCSU

An official celebration of those American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The tradition of the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage celebration started out as a week-long event in 1968. Twenty (20) years later, in 1988, the celebration expanded to dedicate a whole month starting and ending in the middle of the month and inclusive of the Day of the Dead (“Dia De Los Muertos“) on November 2nd, to represent a traditional event in Mexico paying homage to loved ones who have past on. Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic/Latinx Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

The celebration will take place between September 15th and October 15th and up to November 2nd. The 15th marks as the independence day of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. While Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after on the 16th, 18th and 21st respectively.  Below are the listed events happening in September and October in celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month:

HLH Exhibition: American Subtitles

Exhibition opens from August 26th, 2019 to October 31st, 2019

In the Art Gallery on the West Side Campus, Visual and Performing Arts Center (“VPAC”)

Sponsored by the Art Department, Visual and Performing Arts Center (“VPAC”) and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

American Subtitles is an example of artwork which lends an interpretive voice to a growing list of crises existing in our nation which seem to be misunderstood, ignored, or not given the proper attention to resolve.  The work on exhibit interprets jazz, and the American experience for people of color through collage, paintings and sculptured pieces of art.  The body of work on display invites and challenges the viewer to explore their own contributions to humanity, while encouraging unity and diversity.  

Featured Artist(s) are:

Andres Chaparro: www.chaparroart.com

Donald Boudreaux: www.jubileefineart.com/donald_boudreaux.htm

Robert Charles Hudson: N/A

An opening reception for the artists will take place on Thursday, August 29th, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the VPAC Art Gallery on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

The exhibition will be open for viewing from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., from Monday through Friday and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission for the opening reception and general viewing will be free and open to the public; reservations to attend the reception should be made online on the VPAC events web page.

Workshop: Filling in the Gaps – Addressing Mental Health on WCSU’s Campuses 

       

Monday, September 9th, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Midtown Campus, White Hall, Room 122

and

Tuesday, September 10th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

West Side Campus, Campus Center Ballroom

Sponsored by the Office of AccessAbility Services, in partnership with the Counseling Center and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

Filling in the Gaps – Addressing Mental Health on WCSU’s Campus” is an interactive presentation by Laura DiGalbo, a nationally known expert on mental health and the intersectionality of mental health on college campuses. This presentation is open to all WCSU Faculty, Staff, and Administrators.

Over the last several years, the Office of AccessAbility Services has seen an increased in various student populations who may have psychological disabilities while enrolled at WCSU. Nationally, mental health conditions are the fastest growing issues on college campuses amongst varying populations with numerous social characteristics.  Through this interactive presentation, we are attempting to:

1) Raise awareness about issues related to student mental health and how it may impact retention/graduation,

2) Improve academic conditions on campus for students with mental health conditions and intersectional characteristics that may be present, and

3) Offer guidance and support tools for faculty, staff and administrators on how to address mental health conditions.

Lunch will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.  Please RSVP your attendance by no later than Friday, August 30th to Elisabeth Morel, Director of the Office of AccessAbility Services at morele@wcsu.edu to ensure adequate lunch is provided.

HLH Online: Welcome to the Electronic-Cookbook (E-Cookbook) Challenge 

Due Date: September 20, 2019

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and Sodexo Food Service

In honor of Hispanic Heritage/Latinx Month, the Office of Diversity and Equity (“ODE”), in conjunction with Sodexo, is hosting an E-Cookbook Challenge.  The saying “the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach” definitely rings true.  During this month, we are gathering recipes from different countries to share and enjoy together.  We are asking the university community to submit recipes either known to you or that you’ve grown up with to showcase dishes from around the world.  ODE will compile a digital E-Cookbook of the submitted ethnic inspired recipes.  ODE is reaching out to all cooks (and non-cooks) to share their ethnic inspired recipes, stories and experiences.

If you have a recipe you would like to share or have questions, please click here to fill in and complete the E-Cookbook Challenge Recipe Form.  Once completed, please send your completed form as an email to ode@wcsu.edu.  Deadline to submit one (or more) recipe(s) is Tuesday, September 20, 2019.

When submitting recipes, please accurately fill out the E-Cookbook Challenge Recipe Form and include the following:

  1. Nationality of the recipe (i.e., Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, Peruvian, African, Thailand, Asian, etc.)
  2. The reference for the recipe.  References should indicate the name, author, date & publisher of a cookbook, or if the recipe is a personal one, the reference should include: name of the chef, his/her college/department, and nationality
  3. A photo of the cooked meal or you may want to submit a photo of you as well (optional)
  4. List any information about one (or more) inter-changeable ingredients(s) in the recipe.

This challenge is open to WCSU students, faculty and staff.

UPDATE: 10/01/2019: Three winners were announced and chosen for the prizes for the best recipes.  Those winners are:

(1) FIRST PLACE WINNER: Jennifer Ort – WINNING PRIZE: $100.00 WCSU Bookstore Gift Card

(2) SECOND PLACE WINNER: Henry Almonte Rodriguez – WINNING PRIZE: Keurig K-Classic Single-Serve Coffee Machine

(3) THIRD PLACE WINNER: Shackeria McKenzie – WINNING PRIZE: Sodexo Danbury Room Dinner Voucher(s) for 2 guests

The named winners were invited to participate in the upcoming E-Cookbook Tasting Celebration to be hosted on October 8, 2019.

All of the submissions will be shared as a digital E-Cookbook with the WCSU community through a link on our website by the end of October.  To obtain a copy of the WCSU digital cookbook, please click here to download a copy for your reading and enjoyment.

 

Domestic Violence Awareness (“DVA”) Month at WCSU

Domestic Violence Awareness Month takes place every October. It evolved from a Day of Unity first observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates for survivors of abuse across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state and national levels, and has since grown to become a federally observed month of awareness and action on domestic violence.

Across the country, families and friends of victims have gathered during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. Below are the listed events happening in October to educate/bring awareness for DVA Month:

Announcement: Girl Talk Support Group

Sponsored by the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury

Every semester the Women’s Center facilitates a group called Girl Talk as a safe space for college students at WCSU can talk about topics such as self-esteem, relationships, goals, identity, peer support, and more.  It is a great space for student to connect with other students and talk about things they are facing day to day. We will meet for one hour a week for over an 8-week period. The time and day is still TBD, but the group begins meeting on the week of September 16th. In order for us to determine a time that works for the greatest number of people we are asking students to participate in our doodle poll: https://bit.ly/2TjqlKL.

If you know of a student whom you think might benefit from a support group, please encourage them to contact Sydney Trezza, Director of Campus Counseling and Advocacy with the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury at (203) 837-3939 or by email at trezzas@wcsu.edu or you can fill out the doodle poll.

Event: WCSU Human Library Book

Tuesday, October 1st, Time: 1:00. p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Haas Library 

Sponsored by the WCSU Library Administration

Library Services will be holding its first ever Human Library event. A Human Library is an event that facilitates discussion between people of different backgrounds and experiences. By hosting a local Human Library event, we hope to break down barriers and challenge assumptions in our own community via the introduction of a wide range of personalities, experiences, and belief systems. The collection will be comprised of volunteers who have agreed to be “books” and share their stories and/or their expertise. Readers can “borrow” human books for up to 20 minutes at a time, which allows them to learn something new and ask questions about the book’s topic.

Events around the world have featured books with varying religious, cultural, ethnic, or political affiliations; books who have struggled with various kinds of adversity – homelessness, crime, abuse, food insecurity; books who suffer from serious physical challenges – eating disorders, addiction, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental illness; and many more. You can view a list of human books on the Human Library Organization’s website.

For more information, please email Professor Julie Hunter at hunterj@wcsu.edu about the listed event or view the above-short video about the Human Library Book.

Open to the public, WCSU students, faculty and staff.

DVA Event: Silent Witness Exhibit

Wednesday, October 2nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Midtown Student Center

and

Thursday, October 3rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

West Side Campus, Campus Center 

Sponsored by the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury will host The Silent Witness Exhibit that honors the lives of domestic violence homicide victims by inviting the community to observe statues created in their honor, through family support, community connections and advocacy for change. Many men and women die each year in acts of domestic violence and each one has a story. The event will share and honor the stories of Connecticut residents who have lost their lives to acts of domestic violence and of college-aged individuals around the country who have lost their lives as a result of dating violence. This event is free and open to the public.  This event will also be featured again during Operation Jungle Red week.

For more information, please contact Sydney Trezza, Director of Campus Counseling and Advocacy with the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury at (203) 837-3939 or by email at trezzas@wcsu.edu

DVA Event: Red Flag Campaign

Wednesday, October 9th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Lobby of the Midtown Student Center

and

Thursday, October 10th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

West Side Campus, Lobby of the Campus Center 

Sponsored by the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury, members of the WCSU Campus Response and Resource Team (“CaRRT”) and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

The Red Flag Campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses. Through using the “bystander intervention” strategy, the campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see warning signs (“red flags”) for dating violence in a friend’s relationship.  

For more information, please contact Sydney Trezza, Director of Campus Counseling and Advocacy with the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury at (203) 837-3939 or by email at trezzas@wcsu.edu

HLH Event: Electronic-Cookbook (E-Cookbook) Tasting Celebration 

Tuesday, October 8th, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Student Center Restaurant

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and Sodexo Food Service

In honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity and Equity (“ODE”), in conjunction with Sodexo, is hosting an E-Cookbook Tasting Celebration to honor those named winners from the E-Cookbook Challenge.  Winners will be invited to talk about their winning recipe and their cooking experiences with those in attendance.  Live music and a performance from the WCSU Dance Team Is scheduled.

This event is open to WCSU students, faculty, and staff and the public.

HLH Event: Taste of Latinx in October – WCSU Food Showcase

 

Thursday, October 3rd, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

West Side Campus, Student Market Place

Tuesday, October 15th, from 4:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Student Center Restaurant

Sponsored by Sodexo Food Service, the Division of Student Affairs and the InterCultural Center.

Sodexo will be serving authentic food from various Latin countries in honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.  Students can use a meal swipe or Flex Points. This event is also open to the public with a surcharge of $10.00 per person.

Event: The Macricostas Experience

Scheduled events for the week of October 18, 2019 to October 24, 2019 

Midtown/West Side Campuses – Calendar of Events Attached

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences

This week, the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences are opening the doors to an inaugural weeklong series of events called the Macricostas Experience, in celebrating all things Macricostas.  All events are free and open to the public.

Come kick off the week on Friday, October 18 on the quad of the Midtown Campus, by tie-dying a free Macricostas Experience tee shirt and have a beverage to enjoy the experience. Guests can stay for the Open House reception and tour newly-renovated Higgins Hall.  The week will have a range of speakers, events and topics that are intentionally diverse and engaging to all.  This week will conclude with Mr. Reginald Dwayne Betts who will serve as the keynote Macricostas speaker.  Mr.  Betts is a widely requested speaker who gives talks about his own experience, detailing his trek from incarceration to Yale Law School and the role that grit, perseverance and literature played in his success.

For more information, please visit https://ww.wcsu.edu/sas/macx.  To RSVP for one or more events, please visit https://www.wcsu.edu/giving/events/

DVA Event: Operation Jungle Red Week

Scheduled events for the week of October 21, 2019 to October 25, 2019 

Midtown/West Side Campuses- Location/Calendar of Events: TBD

Sponsored by the Office of Housing and Residence Life and members of WCSU Campus Response and Resource Team (“CaRRT”).

Operation Jungle Red has been held for several years to educate WCSU students about domestic violence, sexual assault and rape.  Students were encouraged to sign a pledge against violence.   This year a series of events will be held that also included presentations about stereotypes and myths related to gender, race and the realities of abusive relationships.  Events featuring hostile language, the impact of these words and who to intervene in those circumstances.  Operation Jungle Red organizers say the activities are meant to promote reflection and to build awareness.

For more information, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life by email at Housing@wcsu.edu for a schedule/calendar of events.

DVA Event: Take Back the Night Event

Wednesday, October 23rd, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Midtown Campus, Warner Hall, Room 102

Sponsored by the WCSU Delta Gamma Phi, Women’s Center for Greater DanburyWCSU Undocu-Ally Taskforce,

Delta Gamma Phi, along with several collaborators, are organizing and hosting “Take Back the Night” to promote awareness for sexual assault and domestic violence.
The “Take Back the Night” event is utilized as an opportunity for your faculty and students to be empowered and informed about preventive strategies and network with counselors who will be available for services.  The evening will include presenters, a Speak Out, and a march around campus, followed by a vigil. Students are welcome to voice their story through poetry, expository writing, performance art, the spoken word, or simply just sharing their experience.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Gonzalez at gonzalez164@wcsu.edu about the event.

DVA Event: Healthy Relationships Event

Monday, October 28th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Lobby of the Midtown Student Center

and

Tuesday, October 29th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

West Side Campus, Lobby of the Campus Center

Sponsored by the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury will host a “healthy relationships campaign” with the goal to encourage students to examine their relationship decisions, to learn ways to avoid or get out of unhealthy situations, and to promote positive college experiences.  The campaign focused on friendships as well as romantic relationships. Members of the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury will focus on helping students develop and sustain healthy relationships throughout the year as well.

For more information, please contact Sydney Trezza, Director of Campus Counseling and Advocacy with the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury at (203) 837-3939 or by email at trezzas@wcsu.edu

HLH Event: Sodexo Elite Dinner Night

 

Wednesday, October 30th, from 4:30 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Student Center, Danbury Room

Sponsored by Sodexo Food Service, the Division of Student Affairs and the InterCultural Center.

Sodexo will be featuring a dinner menu of authentic Hispanic/Latin food from various countries in honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.  Students can use a meal swipe or Flex Points. This event is also open to the public with a surcharge of $10.00 per person.

Lecture: Beverly McIver, Artist

Monday, November 4th, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

West Side Campus, Visual and Performing Arts Center, Room 144

Sponsored by the Art Department, School of Visual and Performing Arts (“VPAC”) and the Office of Diversity and Equity

Beverly McIver is widely acknowledged as a significant presence in contemporary American art and has charted a new direction as an African American woman artist. She is committed to producing art that consistently examines racial, gender, social and occupational identity.  McIver was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1962. She is the youngest of three girls born to Ethel McIver. Her oldest sister Renee is mentally disabled, with the mindset of a second-grader. Beverly is Renee’s legal guardian. Renee is a frequent subject of the artist, as are other family members.  “Raising Renee”, a feature-length documentary film produced in association with HBO by Academy Award-nominated and award-winning filmmakers Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan, tells the story of the impact of McIver’s promise to care for her sister when their mother dies. The film played in festivals around the country and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.

McIver’s work is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the NCCU Museum of Art, the Asheville Museum of Art, The Crocker Art Museum, the Nelson Fine Arts Center Art Museum at Arizona State University, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Cameron Art Museum and the Mint Museum as well as significant corporate and private collections. McIver is currently the Esbenshade Professor of the Practice in Studio Arts At Duke University. She was the Suntrust Endowed Chair Professor of Art at North Carolina Central University, 2007-2014. Prior to this appointment, McIver taught at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. for twelve years, Duke University, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Central University. She has also held residencies at many of the nation’s leading artist communities, including YADDO, the Headland Center for the Arts, Djerassi, and Penland School of Arts and Crafts. She has served on the board at Penland and currently serves on the board of directors at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Please click here to get a free event-brite ticket to this event.  Open to the public, WCSU students, faculty and staff.

Event: WCSU “I’m First” Celebration of First Generation Students  

Photos are from the 2018 event

Friday, November 8th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Higgins Hall Patio

Sponsored by the WCSU Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs, Office of Institutional Advancement, Division of Enrollment Services, Kathwari Honors Program and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

Western Connecticut State University will join in a day of celebration with other colleges across the nation that are engaged in a number of different activities, highlighting First-Generation students on campus. Students, faculty, and administration will have the opportunity to share their own personal experiences as a First-Generation college student, and the impact that experience has had on their lives.  We will culminate the event with a group picture at 1:50 p.m.

The concept of a “First-Generation” student was introduced into federal policy by the passage of higher education amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. As a result of this amendment, the university community has the opportunity to celebrate those who have made huge strides in this country, and have become the first in their families to attend college. For this event, participating faculty and staff who identify as First-Generation to come and pick up an “I’m First” shirt to wear on November 8th. This will help our students identify faculty and staff on campus who have gone through similar life circumstances.

Obtaining a shirt can be done in two ways:

* Faculty/Staff can come to our Pre-Collegiate and Access Programs located on the Midtown Campus, Berkshire Hall, Room 016.

* Department Secretaries can send a list of names with shirt sizes to the Office of Pre-Collegiate & Access Program Email at pcaap@wcsu.edu so that it can delivered to

the department.

For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs by telephone at (203) 837-8801 or email at pcaap@wcsu.edu.

HLH/DVA Event: Walking Tour with the Chief Diversity Officer

Tuesday, November 12th, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Areas of the Midtown Campus

and

Monday, November 25th, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Areas of the West Side Campus

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity

In this first of a series of Community Conversations, the Chief Diversity Officer will walk through the WCSU campuses to engage university members around issues of diversity and inclusion. Experience personal connections and hear insights from university members to learn more about campus culture and climate in the current and past semesters. Communities that learn, listen and talk together will thrive together!

For more information, please contact Ms. Keisha Stokes by phone at (203) 837-8444 or by email at stokesk@wcsu.edu.  You can also click here to view a tour schedule of the walking tour on both November dates. The Chief Diversity Officer will engage members of the public and WCSU students, faculty and staff at the above-identified campuses.

Event: Poetry Reading with Martin Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt

Thursday, November 14th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Student Center Theater

Sponsored by the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Processes, the MFA Graduate Program, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

The University welcomes Martin Espada, renewed poet, author, essayist and translator of numerous works of poetry across many genres.  One of the most significant poets of his generation, Martín Espada has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His latest collection of poems from Norton is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). His many honors include the $100,000 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), banned by the state of Arizona from the Mexican-American Studies Program at the University of Arizona, has been issued in a new edition by Northwestern University Press. He is the editor of What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump, recently released from Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Filthy Labors, from Northwestern University Press. Her Psalms of The Dining Room comprises a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon. Her work has appeared in journals such as North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle, Nimrod, Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, New York Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, The Progressive, and others. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize, the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor, The Janet B. McCabe Prize for Poetry, and the Bellevue Literary Review’s Vilcek Prize for Poetry. 

Martin Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt together will perform a poetry reading and participate in a question and answer (Q&A) session and book signing to discuss their journey in creating the poetry collection(s) presented as well as discuss their literary craft and career as a poets and as an inspirational leaders.

A limited number of their works, such as Vivas To Those Who Have Failed (by Espada) and Filfthy Labors (by Schmidt) will be available for sale at the WCSU Bookstore for participants to have signed by both authors.  This event is free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER Lunch with a Leader Series invites:

Steven Hernandez, Executive Director, Connecticut Commission on Women, Children & Seniors

(UPDATE: 10/30/2019: Event cancelled due to very low RSVP/enrollment)

Tuesday, November 12th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity

What is Lunch with a Leader?

Mrs. Jesenia Minier-Delgado, Chief Diversity Officer will invite one (or more) guest speaker(s) to present and share stories of their professional journeys. Each invited guest/speaker holds a leadership positions in higher education, law enforcement, social services and/or business fields in the Danbury area and/or in the surrounding regions of Connecticut.  Each invited guest/speaker will share their personal anecdotes about how they succeeded, challenges faced, and also offer general tips and advice to students, faculty and staff about their professional/personal journey into their leadership role(s). The attendees will have an opportunity to build a network and better understand the requisite skills to succeed in various career fields.

Please contact Ms. Keisha Stokes by phone at (203) 837-8278 or by email at stokesk@wcsu.edu to register and attend the November listed lunch series date. Attendance for the regular session is limited on up to 15 participants each session.  Students are highly encouraged to attend and register, but faculty and staff are welcome to attend and register as well.  Lunch will be provided for registered guests and you will receive a confirmation email upon your confirmed registration and the event location.

Workshop: “Am I Overreacting?” Understanding and Combating Microaggressions

Wednesday, November 13th, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Location: Midtown Student Center, Room 202

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity

The goal of this workshop is to give faculty, staff and students a focus on racial micro-aggressions that are prevalent in colleges and universities. Mrs. Jesenia Minier-Delgado, Chief Diversity Officer will lead this workshop with a focus on recognizing micro-aggressions when they happen on our campuses and their implications on marginalized groups.   

Please contact Ms. Keisha Stokes by phone at (203) 837-8278 or by email at stokesk@wcsu.edu to register for this workshop no later than November 8th. Open to the public, WCSU students, faculty, and staff.

 

SPECIAL EVENT/SERIES

Welcome to the Lunch with a Leader Series for Fall 2019

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity

What is Lunch with a Leader?

Mrs. Jesenia Minier-Delgado, Chief Diversity Officer will invite one (or more) guest speaker(s) to present and share stories of their professional journeys. Each invited guest/speaker holds a leadership positions in higher education, law enforcement, social services and/or business fields in the Danbury area and/or in the surrounding regions of Connecticut.  Each invited guest/speaker will share their personal anecdotes about how they succeeded, challenges faced, and also offer general tips and advice to students, faculty and staff about their professional/personal journey into their leadership role(s). The attendees will have an opportunity to build a network and better understand the requisite skills to succeed in various career fields.  In this special event, attendees will meet with prospective students and their parents to explore campus life, culture and meet with our guest faculty to share their personal and professional journey to their roles at Western Connecticut State University.

(UPDATE: 10/11/2019: Event cancelled due to very low RSVP/enrollment)

Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day), from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m 

Guest speaker(s):

   Professor Gabriel Lomas, WCSU Education and Education Psychology Department

   Professor Neeta Connally, WCSU Biology Department

Please contact Ms. Keisha Stokes by phone at (203) 837-8278 or by email at stokesk@wcsu.edu to register and attend the special lunch series date.  This event will be hosted in conjunction with the Division of Enrollment Management to engage perspective students (and their parents) about the cultural and academic offerings at WCSU.  Lunch will be provided for registered guests and you will receive a confirmation email upon your confirmed registration and the event location.