Office of Diversity and Equity

Welcome Message

Paul Steinmetz





Welcome to the Office of Diversity & Equity website and welcome back to the Spring semester of the 2019-2020 academic year!

We’re excited for a new year, which brings new possibilities. We hope that you not only explore the webpage, but that you interact with us in person!  Please take a look at our hyperlinked Fall 2019 Diversity Events Calendar (posted on August 26, 2019) that there’s a lot of activities scheduled and we’d love to see you at our upcoming events.

The upcoming Fall 2019 featured events are:

  • From August 26, 2019 to October 31, 2019 – West Side Campus, VPAC Art Exhibit: “American Subtitles
  • From September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019 – E-Cookbook Challenge and the E-Cookbook Celebration (at the Midtown Campus, Student Center Cafeteria on October 8, 2019) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at WCSU 
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – Midtown Campus, Haas Library, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., “Human Library Book” event
  • From October 18, 2019 to October 25, 2019 – Midtown Campus, “Macricostas Experience” week of events
  • From October 21, 2019 to October 25, 2019 – Midtown/West Campuses, “Operation Jungle Red” week of events in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
  • Thursday, November 8, 2019 – Midtown Campus, Higgins Hall Patio Area, “I’m First Celebration for First Generation Students” event
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Midtown Campus, Student Center Theater: “Poetry Reading and Q&A session with Martin Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt

More featured events and projects will follow in the Spring 2020 Diversity Events Calendar.

The Office of Diversity and Equity is always striving for transparency and creating an institutional culture where diversity, equity and inclusion are ingrained in everything we do.

We’re implementing new programs and workshops guided by the feedback we receive from the WCSU community through informal conversations, student associations and other opportunities to engage in dialogue around bias, privilege and oppression.  Thanks to the work of the Campus Response and Resource Team (“CaRRT”), the university continues to successfully utilize the linked Anonymous Incident Reporting system to allows for bias-related and sexual misconduct incident reporting to be promptly addressed.  To ensure transparency and accountability around issues related to diversity, we release annual reports and perform research data analysis for quality improvement on campus.  We want issues that affect the WCSU community we identify with and serve to influence and shape the way we take action, the initiatives and programs we create, and the activities we support.

We look forward to getting to know you, whether it’s by visiting our office or by recruiting with us, assisting with our pipeline programs or meeting you at different events.  Please allow our website to serve as one (or more) guided resource(s) where you can access information on course work, faculty research, services and programs all related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

For new students, we are eager to meet you and for returning students, we are excited to reconnect with you!  Please feel free to reach out by phone at (203) 837-8444 or by email at about the programs, services, and activities provided by our office.

Happy exploring!

Jesenia Minier Delgado

Chief Diversity Officer/University ADA and Title IX Coordinator