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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 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 ODE webpage, but that you interact with us in person!  Please take a look at our hyperlinked Spring 2020 Diversity Events Calendar (posted on February 6th, 2020) that there’s a lot of activities scheduled and we’d love to see you participating at one or more of our presented online activities and/or upcoming on-campus events.

The upcoming Spring 2020 semester featured on-campus events are:

  • From Friday, February 14th to Sunday, February 23rd All-Day Special of Chicken and Waffles (Midtown Campus, Student Center Restaurant & West Side Campus, Student Market Place)
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Love is Sweet – Healthy Relationships (Campus Center, Second Floor Lobby Area West Side Campus)
  • Thursday, February 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. authentic cuisine in honor of Black History and Heritage Month(West Side Campus, Student Market Place)
  • Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. A scheduled focus group on cultural and campus responsiveness to ethnic hair discrimination. (White Hall, Room 122)
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHM Event: The Clothesline Project. (Midtown Student Center First Floor Lobby Area)
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 2020 Marcricostas Lecture Speaker on Entrepreneurship with WCSU Alumni 11′ Jasson Arias (West Side Classroom Building, Room 218)
  • Monday, March 30, 2020. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Trystan Reese: Creating Change Keynote Address (Ives Concert Hall Midtown Campus)
  • March 30, 2020 to April 2, 2020 PRIDE Week at WCSU
  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Workshop: LGBTQ+ Allies in Progress  (Tentative* White Hall Building, Room 127 Midtown Campus)
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020. 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Workshop: LGBTQ+ Allies in Progress  (Tentative*: South Ballroom, Campus Center West Side Campus)

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 to WCSU Police and other on-campus administrative offices, use friends as “virtual escorts” in real time, place emergency calls, and access safety features. This app can be found on both the iTunes App Store or Google Play (select “Western Connecticut State University”).   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 Tips
  • Share information, tips and safety concerns with WCSU Police via picture, video or audio messaging.
  • Travel Safe
  • 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. 
  • Emergency Options
  • Call 911, Call Campus Police, or Message Campus Police 
  • Safety Map and Resources
  • View the locations for all Blue Emergency Phones and location of campus buildings
  • Easy-to-find information and location of safety resources 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 Delgado

Chief Diversity Officer/University ADA and Title IX Coordinator