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Diversity (Virtual) Events Calendar – Fall 2020


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.  

Unfortunately, many in-person events and cultural traditions have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The internet has no shortage of virtual resources for observing this special time at home or in the online classroom. Featured below are the many virtual options for learning about and honoring Hispanic and Latinx culture in 2020.

Take a Virtual Tour

2018 Young Ambassadors Program participants and representatives from Ford Motor Company Fund

2018 Young Ambassadors Program participants and representatives from Ford Motor Company Fund stand in front of the Smithsonian Castle. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Latino Center. Photographer, Michael Barnes, Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian Latino Center (“SLC”): latino.si.edu 

SLC is responsible for a wide variety of education and inclusion efforts in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s multiple museums and research centers.  The numerous online resources include the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum, which describes itself as a “trans-media hub for 2-D and 3-D collections, online games, simulations, virtual worlds, and innovative programs in real-time, highlighting Smithsonian art and science collections.”

Google Arts & Culture: Latino Cultures in the U.S.: artsandculture.google.com/project/uslatinocultures

Launched in 2017 in partnership with museums and organizations across the U.S., the Google Arts & Culture online collection is organized into the categories of film, sports, dance, music, tradition, and style. The site also highlights specific aspects of the Hispanic and Latinx experience, such as an online exhibit of queer Latinx culture and an oral history project on Hispanic and Latinx life during World War II.


Grupo de Artistas LatinoAmericanos (GALA) Hispanic Theatre: galatheatre.org
The GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C., recently launched a new digital strategy, GALA En Familia, so that users can engage with Hispanic and Latinx performing arts from home. The site offers portions of performances, monologues, and readings paired with lectures and interviews from the actors, directors, and playwrights featured in each clip. All videos are in Spanish with options for subtitles in English and other languages.

Pride Flag installment at the Museum of Latin American Art

Argentinian artistic duo, Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone with their Pride Flag installment at the Museum of Latin American Art. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA): molaa.org
The MOLAA is the only U.S. museum fully dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art. Physically located in Long Beach, California, the museum makes it easy to navigate its online materials via the MOLAA En Casa web page. Users can view online exhibits and pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, take video tours, and more.


Virtual Event: California Culture: History, Poetry, and Music

with Dr. Gloria Arjona, Caltech and Long Beach Council for the Arts

Thursday, September 24th, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs and the Western International Center

WEBINAR: “Invisible Immigration: Spanish Immigrants in the U. S. (1868-1945),” Dr. James Fernandez, NYU, October 22, 12:30-1:30.  Please click: https//wcsu.edu.webex.com/meet/bakhtiarovac to access the virtual event.

Resources from The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum : https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/?loclr=twloc&fbclid=IwAR3chJgCF1ecp-bFh4D6BVQoHZafnPSiDyUC0pXtLgL7WLqCrwn3BZgCQ38


Virtual Discussion: Diversity in the Workforce

Bringing Success and Professionalism to a Changing World of Work

Thursday, October 1st, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the WCSU Career Success Center and the Office of Diversity and Equity

The entire campus community is invited to this engaging virtual panel. Diverse panelists will express some very important perspectives for employment transitions and opportunities in today’s working world. There will be time for attendees to ask questions of the panelists. All students MUST RSVP in Handshake (www.wcsu.edu/handshake).

Faculty and classes who would like to attend should contact hoyc@wcsu.edu for log on information.  Also in late-breaking news: we have additional panelists who will share on accessibility challenges in the workplace.   For better focus and added security, the panelists and moderator will be the only attendees shown on the screen.


Virtual Event: Faculty Development Workshop

Racial Trauma and Stress

Thursday, October 8th, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Eastern Connecticut State University

Race-relations are at the forefront of the national conversation, and yet, many university leaders have not been socialized to have effective racial dialogue. As an expert in racial trauma and effective racial dialogue, Dr. Broderick Sawyer, an expert in racial trauma and stress (and an alumnus of Eastern Connecticut State University), utilizes education on historical dynamics, emotion regulation, and racial socialization to prepare workshop attendees to hold space for racially explicit dialogue. In this workshop, Dr. Sawyer will:

  1. Discuss the historical context of race-based stress and trauma,
  2. Describe how historical contexts stall effective communication,
  3. Describe how emotion regulation tools assist in positively changing harmful racial dynamics, and
  4. Teach strategies relevant to the university teaching experience. With an added background in mindfulness and compassion practices, training in present moment awareness will be interwoven throughout the workshop.”

This workshop is free of cost and will be conducted via Zoom.  Please RSVP using the below link for attendance and access to the workshop:  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=6Eq8AGxX40WUnU8SnYtnCua-hUi-VP5IrbAvbohKmbFUMzIzR1AxSzZQT1ZaVFA1WUxJMEk0RUNDSS4u

Dr. Sawyer has agreed to record this workshop and to make the link to the recording available after the workshop.  Dr. Sawyer has also offered to respond to questions during the workshop and anonymously.  If you would like to contribute an anonymous question, please use this link to submit questions anonymously before October 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=6Eq8AGxX40WUnU8SnYtnCua-hUi-VP5IrbAvbohKmbFUN0c0TUhDUTcyTkczTjQ2U0NDWEk0SVhFSS4u


Race Around the World Virtual Run  

Saturday, October 24th, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

New York City, Anywhere in New York City

Understanding Latino Cultures on the South Coast tickets

Andale!  Challenge yourself with a new fitness goal, while also supporting the WCSU efforts to promote Hispanic Heritage Month.  With this virtual run, participants will receive a virtual packet with a commemorative postcard with your own photo in it.


Run a 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, or any other run distance anywhere, any place on your own time and route!  For Full packets, you can opt to get one of our newest inspirational designed shirts, masks, or other running gear in lieu of our standard packets!  Just email us at ode@wcsu.edu and we will sponsor your attendance.  You will also select a shirt your size and color to be shipped with your full packet:



Earn our “In This Together” Postcard once you finish your run or pick your own postcard of either your destination or a motivational card below:



If you post your postcard on Social Media and tag 5 friends, BestRaces.com will send you a free gift!

Virtual Run: What Is It? And 11 Reasons Why You Should Run one in 2020



Run a 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, or Marathon and experience a new place virtually.  Experience a new destination each month with our monthly virtual run and travel option here:




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.

Unfortunately, many in-person events and cultural traditions have been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The internet has no shortage of virtual resources for observing this special time at home or in the online classroom. Featured below are the many virtual options for support services, engaged learning and bringing awareness to this month:



Division of Student Affairs, Sept. Issue “The Handout” Newsletter

Please click here to read this latest edition and get acclimated with the important information on the WCSU campuses this Fall semester.


The Office of Counseling Services Fall 2020 Newsletter 

Please click here to read the first edition newsletter that highlights both in-person and virtual activities and offerings through the Office of Counseling Services.


Announcement: REAL Talk Support Group

Sponsored by: The Women’s Center for Greater Danbury

REAL Talk is the Women’s Center on Campus’ weekly video series, featuring conversations about Relationships, Empathy, Advocacy, and…Life! Our Manager of Campus Education & Outreach, Cara Mackler, and our Director of Campus Counseling & Advocacy, Sydney Trezza, will discuss topical issues related to interpersonal violence and new episodes will be posted every Tuesday at 5pm. You can view REAL Talk on IGTV at @wcogd_oncampus or on our Facebook page at The Women’s Center on Campus via YouTube.

Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlEa4evgxPs 

Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qgkJVPqoc

Episode 3: N/A

Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grThd3nrJRA


Announcement: Students of Color Supporting Each Other (SCSEO) Drop-In Group

Sponsored by: The Office of Counseling Services

This is a support group for students who self-identify as per- sons of color. The group provides a safe space for students to share and discuss their experiences related to but not limited to race and ethnicity, their identity, discrimination and bias, stress management, academic stresses, self-advocacy and empowerment. The purpose of the group is to celebrate the diverse cultural background of members and find strength among one another to overcome life challenges, personally and academically.

Facilitated by Rée LeBlanc Gunter, PhD.

When: Every other Friday @ 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. (9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4)

**Please note: If interested in participating, please contact Counseling Services for more information at counselingservices@wcsu.eduor (203) 837-8690.


Announcement: Support for Being an Ally and More – Monthly Chats

people holding hands

Sponsored by: The Office of Counseling Services

Understanding what it means to be an Ally for racial justice is one of the many ways white students can help fight racism. Join us for a workshop to learn how you can make a positive changes.  Facilitated by: Kelly Copeland, Psy.D. and Rée LeBlanc Gunter, Ph.D.

Part 1: Increase your understanding of individual, institutional, and systemic racism, as well as the meaning of white privilege.

When: October 13, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WebEx URL:wcsu.webex.com/meet/counselingservices

Part 2: Learn how to use your privilege in an action-oriented way to create anti-racist change.

When: October 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WebEx URL: wcsu.webex.com/meet/counselingservices


Announcement: Speak Your Truth: Roundtable Discussions

Sponsored by: SUOAF-AFSCME Minority Recruitment and Mentoring Committee

These scheduled virtual discussions are to allow participants to engage difficult conversations about community involvement and the recognition of change needed on campus.

Please click here to view the upcoming event(s) scheduled.  These virtual discussions are open to the public.


Virtual Activity: One Love October Challenge

One Love Logo

In the month of October, One Love Foundation is hosting a pledge to virtually educate  on the signs of Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships.  Please click here to view the virtual activities that earn participants points toward the chance to win One Love gear.


Virtual Event(s): Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Advocacy in Action: Promoting Justice, Creating Change


Each Wednesday in October, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence will host two (2) national experts on various topics impacting domestic violence survivors. Presentations will be 40 minutes each with a 10 minute break in between. You can register for any day in which you want to participate, but feel free to join the Zoom at the start of the second presentation if that’s the only one you’re interested in that day.   Click here to download the event flyer!
Below is a list of conference topics and presenters. Click here to see full descriptions and takeaways.
Wednesday, October 7th, 2020
12:00pm – 12:40pm – Identifying and Implementing Tools to Develop Resiliency
Casey Keene, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
12:50pm – 1:30pm – The Impact of Adultification on Child Survivors of Trauma with a Focus on Children of Color
Jacqueline Miller, Survivor & Consultant
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
12:00pm – 12:40pm – Survivor-Centered Service Design and Delivery
Iain De Jong, OrgCode
12:50pm – 1:30pm – Supporting Safe Engagement with Men Who Cause Harm
Fernando Mederos, Consultant
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
12:00pm – 12:40pm – Enhancing Access to Services and Safety for Immigrant Survivors
Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities
12:50pm – 1:30pm – When Courts Went Virtual – Helping Clients During a Pandemic
Storm Ervin, Urban Institute
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
12:00pm – 12:40pm – Addressing Historical Trauma and its Impact on Our Work
Presenter TBD
12:50pm – 1:30pm – Confronting Privilege & Bias to Make Meaningful Change
Ruby White Starr, Caminar Latino

Documentary Feature:  The Alyssiah Wiley tragedy

in advocacy of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In collaboration with Eastern Connecticut State University, please take time to watch the finale of Investigation Discovery’s (ID) “Impact of Murder” kicks off this important month by profiling Corrinna Martin, who lost two daughters and a granddaughter to domestic violence. The episode called “There’s No Winning in Murder,” premieres Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

In a phone interview , Martin said that while she may not have been ready to tell her story on camera, she knew it was something she had to do.  “I was completely skeptical because we as black and brown women are not treated and depicted the way we should be or respected in the media the way we should be,” Martin said. “But after talking with one of the executive producers, she assured me it would be done very respectfully with sensitivity to myself, my family, and our devastation.”

She continued, “I knew I had to speak on behalf of my daughters (Alyssiah Wiley, a ECSU student, and Chaquinequea Brodie) and my granddaughter (My’Jaeaha Richardson). But (doing the show) was also to be an example to women that we have to be extremely careful (with dating and domestic violence), especially our black and brown women.”

Hailing from West Haven, Connecticut, Martin’s harrowing story began in early 2013 when her daughter Alyssiah, who was in college, was murdered and dismembered. After it was discovered that Alyssiah suffered from a pattern of abuse by a boyfriend, just a few short months later Martin set up the domestic violence program Mothers of Victim Equality (M.O.V.E. Inc.) to help other victims.  Please watch this documentary to be more aware of the dangers of Intimate Partner Violence and the affects and traumas that occur from such tragedies when it is not reported.


Virtual Event: Coffee with the Council

A Campus Discussion on Cultural Awareness and Community Engagement 

Tuesday, October 20th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The next Coffee with the Council will be held on Saturday, July 20.
Join us virtually to meet with members of the WCSU Diversity Council in an informal setting to give students, faculty and staff a chance to voice their concerns, share their opinions, and make an impact on the future of Western Connecticut State University as it pertains to the recent national tragedies and events and its impact on the WCSU community.  Members of the WCSU Diversity Council will serve as panelists to discuss strategies and proposed action on campus, but also to engage with participants on shared concerns and opinions about campus matters.  A WEBEX link will be provided to registered attendees.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity either by email at ode@wcsu.edu or by phone at (203) 837-8444 to register for this event by or before October 19, 2020.

Virtual Event: Art21 (Art in the Twenty-First Century) Session 10

Wednesday, November 5th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.



Sponsored by the WCSU Art Department

The WCSU Department of Art presents this free virtual screening of Borderlands, as part of the Art21 series. A discussion and Q&A will follow with Borderlands featured artist, Tanya Aguiñiga, along with WCSU Professor of Art, Sabrina Marques, and Professor of Sociology, Dr. Carina Bandhauer.
Event LogoFor the first time in the history of the Art21series, the filmmakers chronicle artists’ responses to an entire bi-national region, the U.S.-Mexico border, where artists create platforms for an assembly of voices to speak. A vast geography encompassing open deserts and densely populated metropolises, the region between the United States and Mexico has long been a site of not only political conflict and social struggle but also intense creative ferment. Employing a fresh curatorial and filmmaking approach, the filmmakers connect and juxtapose a group of acclaimed artists—Tanya Aguiñiga, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Richard Misrach, and Postcommodity—as they work along the U.S.-Mexico border, interweaving their stories to chronicle the creative responses to one of the most divisive moments in the history of this area.

Reserve your spot now!

Virtual Event: Ask an Advocate

Wednesday, November 12th, 2020

Sponsored by the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury

Ask an Advocate | Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)Ask an Advocate is an Instagram virtual event that give students an opportunity to connect and ask any questions about how members of the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury can best support them and advocate for them on campus.

Please click here to view details on the event.  For more information, please contact Sydney Trezza, Director of Campus Counseling & Advocacy either by phone at (203) 837-3939 or by email at sydney.t@wcogd.org or trezzas@wcsu.edu.   Contact made with a member of the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury will be kept confidential.




Monday, November 16, 2020 to Friday, November 20, 2020

Sponsored by the WCSU WIC Committee

World Atlas - World Geography and Maps

This week marks events that promote and educate on the value and importance of International Studies and cultures from across the world.  For a listing of program(s) and event(s), please click on the below link to get a confirmed schedule and registration: https://padlet.com/bakhtiarovagalina/dntqowcxy5fu3iey 





Virtual Event: “Celebrate! Agitate! Organize!” featuring Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Author of The Undocumented Americans

Thursday, December 17th, 2020, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Connecticut Students for a Dream

The Connecticut Students for a Dream will be hosting a special event called: “Celebrate! Agitate! Organize!” featuring Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, author of The Undocumented Americans.  Karla, New Haven resident, Ph.D. candidate at Yale in American Studies, and 2020 National Book Award finalist will be joining the group for a conversation about her book, life, and the urgent need to challenge narratives and shift the paradigm around education, migration, trauma, mental health, and the undocumented experience.

Please join this event to get inspired for the next decade and beyond in our movement. The event will be hosted on Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

You can purchase a ticket here: http://bit.ly/C4Deducators or if you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to support our work here: bit.ly/DonateC4D10Years.