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Office of Diversity and Equity

Diversity Resources and Information

Last updated: August 2, 2021

WCSU Diversity Calendar

The purpose of this calendar is to address and support the diversity of all University employees. We recognize that by increasing our understanding of diverse cultures, traditions, values and beliefs we can enhance our relationships with one another, and become a culturally responsive environment for everyone to feel valued and respected.

University 2018 Diversity Calendar (DOC)

University 2019 Diversity Calendar (PDF)

        University 2020 Diversity Calendar (PDF)

        University 2021 Diversity Calendar (PDF)

University 2022 Diversity Calendar (PDF)

How Dates Were Chosen

Due to the extensive number of cultural holidays, dates for this calendar were determined by the following five criteria:

  1. Will an employee be absent as a result of this day?
  2. Will an employee be disengaged as a result of this day? (e.g., hunger or a negative association with a particular day/date such as a day of remembrance of a tragic event)
  3. Will an employee not be able to participate in a work-related function as a result of this day? (e.g., Employees may not participate in Halloween or Valentine’s Day).
  4. Are there employees who may not participate in events that are scheduled on the day of an important religious day observed by certain communities?
  5. Does the day provide an opportunity for a teachable moment regarding ethnic or cultural diversity that might not otherwise be discussed, particularly those dates associated with a continued history of oppression, discrimination, or racism?

Work in Progress

We ask for your patience in the event that we have missed any important dates that meet the criteria. If you know of another date that meets the above criteria and should be included or if there is a date listed that does not meet the criteria and should not be included, please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity at (203) 837-8278.  We welcome your input. If you know of additional resources, please let us know. Conversely, please inform us of any websites that we may have chosen to explain a particular day, which may be culturally insensitive

Best practices for using this calendar as a tool

  • Celebrate heritage or history months or other cultural days with speakers, displays, and special foods.
  • Keep these dates in mind when scheduling classes, work, deadlines, meetings, and events.
  • Give consideration that a scheduled event might exclude individuals or unintentionally force them to participate in certain events.

Office of Intercultural Affairs

The Office of Intercultural Affairs coordinates programs, support services, and activities for various student clubs/associations that enhance the educational experience of a diverse student population.  Please click here to view the most updated webpage for additional information on events and resources.

Please contact Mr. Daryle Dennis, Assistant Dean by email dennisd@wcsu.edu at (203) 837-8549 for more information.

Multicultural/Minority Scholarships and Grants

Every year, the Office of Diversity and Equity updates the available information to everyone about the list of scholarships and grants available.

Grant No.
Name: Web Link:
1. Ron Brown Scholar Program https://www.ronbrown.org/
2. Harry S. Truman Scholarships https://www.truman.gov/
3. Hispanic Scholarship Fund https://www.hsf.net/
4. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships http://www.jackierobinson.org/
5. RMHC U.S. Scholarships https://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships
6. Academy for Educational Development Fellowships https://aednational.com/scholarships/
7. American Institute of CPAs Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students http://www.aicpa.org/Career/DiversityInitiatives/Pages/smas.aspx
8. ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship https://www.asm.org/index.php/professionaldevelopment/students/25-education/students/7827-asm-undergraduate-research-fellowship-asm-urf
9. The Roothbert Fund http://www.roothbertfund.org/scholarshipsprogram.php
10. Coca Cola Scholarships http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/
11. State Farms Hispanic Scholarships https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/community/education-programs/grants-scholarships/partner-grants/
12. McNair Scholars Program http://mcnair.web.unc.edu/
13. National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/ugsp
14. Catching the Dream Scholarship Program http://catchingthedream.org/
15. NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship http://www.ncaa.org/ethnic-minority-and-women-s-enhancement-graduate-scholarship
16. Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/leonard-m-perryman-communications-scholarship
17. Intel Science Talent Search https://student.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts
18. Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award https://www.discover.com/student-loans/scholarships/award.html?acmpgn=OSLSPX010
19. Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program https://www.usip.org/grants-fellowships/fellowships/jennings-randolph-peace-scholarship-dissertation-program
20. APA Scholarships and Grants http://www.apa.org/about/awards/index.aspx
21. Americorps Funding Opportunities https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities
22. American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program http://www.asanet.org/career-center/grants-and-fellowships/minority-fellowship-program
23. Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund https://www.tmcf.org/
24. Dell Scholars Program https://www.dellscholars.org/
25. Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/blacks-scholarships.aspx
26. The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarships http://www.naacpldf.org/herbert-lehman-education-fund-scholarship
27. INROADS Internships https://inroads.org/
28. Horatio Alger Scholarships https://scholars.horatioalger.org/
29. Jackie Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/
30. DoSomething Scholarships https://www.dosomething.org/us/about/easy-scholarships
31. Proofreading, LLC Scholarship Program https://www.proof-reading.com/proof-reading_scholarship_program.asp
32. P.L.A.Y. scholarships https://www.petplay.com/scholarship/
33. Kim and Harold Louie Scholarship http://www.louiefamilyfoundation.org/scholarship-application
34. CANFIT Scholarships http://canfit.org/scholarships/
35. The Surety Foundation Minority Intern and Scholarship Program https://www.thesuretyfoundation.org/internship-scholarship
36. Smithsonian Minority Awards Program-Internship https://www.thesuretyfoundation.org/internship-scholarship
37. Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/all/dr–juan-andrade-scholarship-for-young-hispanic-leaders/1004012
38. ALA Spectrum Scholarships http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/spectrum-scholarship
39. LaGrant Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship https://www.lagrantfoundation.org/Undergraduate%20Scholarships
40. NACA Foundation Scholarships https://www.naca.org/Foundation/Pages/Scholarships.aspx
41. Scholarship America https://scholarshipamerica.org/students/browse-scholarships/
42. AXA Achievement Community Award https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/community-scholarships.html
43. Ronald Reagan Foundation Scholarship Programs https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/
44. Buick Achievers Scholarship Program https://buickachievers.com/
45. Ford Blue Oval Scholars Scholarships https://www.fordblueovalnetwork.org/scholarships


These websites are subject to change without our knowledge, so please report broken or non-functioning links to the University Office of Diversity and Equity at (203) 837-8444.

Lactation Rooms/Spaces on Midtown/West Side Campuses

(more information coming soon)

WCSU has clean, private and comfortable space for nursing mothers.  If the room(s) listed below are not convenient, The Office of Diversity and Equity will also work with students, employees and members of the WCSU community to find an alternative, appropriate space.

Midtown Campus

White Hall, 1st Floor Clerk Lounge

To access the lactation space, please contact a member of the Office of Diversity and Equity either by phone at (203) 837-8444 or by email at ode@wcsu.edu.




                                                       Westside Campus

TBD (to be announced/updated on or after September 1, 2021)