Welcome to the Office for Equity & Inclusion

The Office for Equity & Inclusion provides leadership and guidance to address systemic inequities for all members of the Wesleyan community. Our culture of inquiry approach to enhancing the educational living and learning experience is designed to promote a healthy, thriving campus climate and a community of excellence predicated on respect for others.

Community Message:

In response to the recent disturbing TikTok posts, The Office for Equity & Inclusion stands with our partners at the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence and other offices at Wesleyan to denounce the “National Day of Rape” being promoted on social media:  

The Alliance and our member centers denounce the “National Day of Rape” promoted on social media. Threats of violence and making light of sexual assault are not new; however, the sheer volume of users and reach of the TikTok platform makes this trend especially alarming. With more than 30 million active US users and one in six teens regularly accessing the platform, we need to acknowledge the harmful impact that social media can have on all of us but most especially on young people. This is another stark reminder that our work to combat rape culture and fight against the normalization and minimization of sexual violence is so necessary. We must continue to create and nurture space where communities can prioritize supporting survivors and preventing sexual violence.

Take sexual violence threats seriously.  If you see any mention promoting sexual assault or violence, please report the person or site. Prioritize talking to the children in your life about how rape culture normalizes jokes and promotes sexual violence. Create space for prevention, respect and consent. Support the survivors in your community who may be triggered by seeing coverage of this. Reach out to our statewide free and confidential sexual assault crisis hotlines at 1-888-999-5545 (English) and 1-888-568-8332 (Spanish).


If you are in need of well-being resources or support at any time, students may reach out to CAPS and faculty and staff may contact Wesleyan's Ombuds.  Also, if you experience, or have experienced, sexual misconduct and/or other incidents of concern please feel free to contact our office directly.  

First Annual Diversity Summit

Thank you to EVERYONE who joined us and participated in our 1st Annual Diversity Summit on Monday, February 8th.  We hope you found the campus updates helpful and inspiring; and the keynote Decision Making from an Anti-Oppressive Lens: a conversation and interactive workshop presented by Dr. Liza A. Talusan to be engaging, insightful, and challenging.  As we move forward as a community, and look to plan our next summit, we ask that you take a minute time to give us feedback via the anonymous Diversity Summit Feedback Form.

 

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