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Office of Diversity and Equity

Welcome Message

Paul Steinmetz

Welcome to the Office of Diversity & Equity (“ODE”) website and welcome back to the 2020-21 academic year!

We’re excited for a new academic year, which brings new possibilities and opportunities for members of the campus community.  We hope that you not only explore the ODE webpage, but that you interact with us virtually and in person as we navigate our new campus environment!

Please take a look at our hyperlinked Fall 2020 Diversity (Virtual) Activities Calendar (to be posted on September 1, 2020) that we’ll have a number of (virtual) activities scheduled and we’d love to see you participating in one (or more) of our presented virtual/online activities and/or upcoming events.


The upcoming Fall 2020 semester featured events are:


In order to further enhance safety on our campuses, Western Connecticut State University (“WCSU” or “University”) now offers a mobile safety app–LiveSafe–that enables you to report tips and/or complaints to WCSU Police Department and other on-campus administrative offices, use friends as “virtual escorts” in real time, place emergency calls, and access safety features.

You can download this app by clicking on the following link: https://pcpi.app.link/?%24deeplink_path=chooseorg&orgid=291&sourceid=5&edc=1428961050&hash=4286886051&_p=c11335dc9a027af3e1038ffdea.

Please be sure to fill in your user profile during the process.  WCSU’s LiveSafe app provides students, faculty and staff with a direct connection to WCSU Police so that everyone can easily communicate their safety needs. Its easy-to-use features help you stay safe and enable us to better protect you.

Some of the features on the WCSU LiveSafe app:

  • Report and send video/audio of any incidents and/or issues in real-time;
  • Share information and safety concerns with WCSU Police via picture, video or audio messaging;
  • Use Safe Walk, a GPS-tagged monitoring feature, to let your friends and family keep you virtually covered until you arrive safely at your destination;
  • Available listing(s) of emergency option(s);
  • Direct call feature to 911, and/or either call or message the WCSU Police Department;
  • View the locations for all Blue Emergency Phone(s) and map(s)/location of campus building(s); and
  • Easy-to-find information and location of campus safety resource(s) on and off campus. 

ODE 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 ode@wcsu.edu about the programs, services, and activities provided by our office.

Happy exploring!

Jesenia Minier

Chief Diversity Officer/ADA and Title IX Coordinator