The Center for Student Involvement

CSI Staff


Dennis Leszko
Student Center 227
(203) 837-8214


Bianca Paolello
Assistant to the Director
Student Center 227
(203) 837-3950


As the Assistant to the Director of the Center For Student Involvement, Bianca Paolello assists with facilitating co-curricular life by coordinating student activities programs; including but not limited to leadership training, Homecoming programming, Friday After Hours, and New Student Orientation.  She advises the Program Activities Council and Student Government Association, and serves as a resource person to all organizations in their leadership development and operations.  She also assists in the coordination and operation of the Leadership, Compassion and Creativity Certificate Program. 
Bianca earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in History from Western Connecticut State University in 2013. 

After graduation she took on the role of Graduate Intern in the Center for Student Involvement while pursuing her Master of Science in Counselor Education with a  concentration in School Counseling, also at WCSU.  Bianca completed her MS. in 2016 and took on the role of Assistant to the Director of CSI.  In her free time, because also is the assistant coach of the WCSU Cheerleading program and is thrilled to be giving back to the team as an alumni member. 

Her words of wisdom for students are
"never let the risk of failure stop you from pursuing your dreams, the best experiences occur outside of your comfort zone!" and of course "GET INVOLVED!"



Marisa Carrasco
Graduate Intern
Student Center 227
(203) 837-3240


Cathy Kost
Student Organization Fiscal Assistant
Student Center 227
(203) 837-


Abby Lynch
CSI Office Assistant
Student Center 227
(203) 837-


Christine Laedke
Assistant Director of Facilities, Scheduling and Promotion
Student Center 227
(203) 837-


The Mission of the Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement creates an environment in which all students and student organizations are encouraged and aided in the development of positive social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, and leadership programs and activities.  The Center for Student Involvement staff supports this by:

  • providing opportunities for student development through participation in the educational mission of Western Connecticut State University.

  • assisting in the formation and recognition of new student organizations.

  • providing for the total integration of student sponsored events with the educational program of the University.

  • assisting and advising student organizations in the planning, organization , supervision and evaluation of their club functions; setting goals and objectives and practicing sound budgetary procedures.

  • assisting clubs with the operation of their organization in accordance with the rules and regulations established by various University organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Cashier's Office and the Center for Student Involvement.

  • providing leadership development programs to enhance the effectiveness of student leaders.

  • facilitating communication among student organizations, the Student Government Association and the administration.

Student life is a collective effort at Western Connecticut State University.  Students with a common bond may seek to form a student organization.  The Student Government Association has the responsibility to provide financial assistance to the group if it meets the SGA's funding criteria.  The Center for Student Involvement provides assistance with event organization and execution, leadership development and group dynamics to meet the needs of the organization. 

The Center for Student Involvement at

Western Connecticut State University

Phone: (203) 837-3954

Fax: (203) 837-8213


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