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.

Annual Diversity Summit

The Office for Equity & Inclusion is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Diversity Summit in the form of a series of all-campus events from January 31st through February 4th.  The theme for this year’s events is Critical Race Theory: From Concept to Action.

Monday, January 31 at 12noon - Critical Race Theory: What It Is and Isn't      
Wesleyan University in collaboration with the University of Hartford, will host a conversation on the topic of Critical Race Theory, with guest presenter Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings (biography). This program will be held virtually on Monday, January 31st at noon on Zoom.  Dr. Ladson-Billings will explain the origins of Critical Race Theory and why it’s become such a political and cultural flashpoint. At its core, the current national uproar signals the imperative for institutions of higher education to examine and unearth the many ways race impacts society. 

Wednesday, February 2 at 12:30pm - Inclusive Teaching Practices     
As we begin a new semester, those in teaching roles are invited to consider how to support our students and their learning in a way that meets them where they are, honors their past experiences, and helps everyone feel a part of the academic community we are creating in our classrooms, and at Wesleyan more broadly. Strategies discussed will apply to a range of teaching formats, from one-on-one meetings to larger group dynamics, from quantitative work to discussion-based classrooms. This session will be led by Dr. April Ruiz, Dean for Academic Equity, Inclusion, & Success over Zoom on Wednesday, February 2nd from 12:30-1:30pm.

Thursday, February 3 at 12:15pm - Equity & Inclusion @ Wes  
As a community, we acknowledge that our work towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community is always situated within the broader context of our society.   On Thursday, February 3rd from 12:15pm-1:15pm on Zoom, join us for a series of short presentations about efforts that faculty, staff, and students across campus are making to create a more inclusive and antiracist community here at Wesleyan and beyond. Our colleagues will share what worked, what challenges were faced, and how we can work together and support each other.       

Friday, February 4 at 12:15pm - 2022 MLK Commemoration  
At the start of every Spring semester we come together as a community to honor the civil rights legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s MLK Commemoration will be held on Friday, February 4th from 12:15 pm-1:15pm on Zoom.  This year our keynote speaker will be educator, activist, and educational scholar Andratesha Fitzgerald and her keynote address is entitled “Power and Empowerment: Honoring By Decision and Design.”

We hope that you will join us virtually in conversation of these important topics, building awareness, fostering community and connections, and creating actionable strategies to move forward.


Community Messages: 

October 2021
The Office for Equity & Inclusion
has undergone a few changes in the past six months.  

Patricia Stephenson Gordon has been promoted to Associate Director for Equity Compliance / Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  In this new role she will work closely with Debbie Colucci, Assistant Vice President for Equity & Inclusion / Title IX Coordinator with regard to compliance / policy and procedure as well as prevention/ training and response related to identity-based bias, discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. Congratulations to Trisha!  
Dr. April Ruiz joined us in January as our Dean for Academic Equity, Inclusion, and Success, but only arrived on campus in August.  We also welcomed Rich Mutts and Jen Benson who joined our Upward Bound staff as programmers in the Spring. 
We are excited to welcome our inaugural Civil Rights and Title IX Intern Avery Kelly '23, who will help OEI to partner with other student interns to increase student engagement with and the Office for Equity & Inclusion/Title IX.  The Wesleyan Student Ombuds program has launched and we welcome our first 'class' of ombuds; Amy Guaman '22, Kalyani Mohan '22, Logan Tomlinson '23, and Sarah Asiedu '24.  Having undergone extensive training, the Ombuds serve as neutral and confidential peer resources focused on empowering students to successfully navigate the institution and advocate for themselves in moments of conflict, particularly when there are power dynamic considerations. In order to improve our communication with various departments around campus, we have a new set of partners, the OEI Liaisons.   We are grateful to Alison Burg, Anjali Tamhankar, Cecilia Pohorille McCall, Imelda Mongillo, Julia Tofan, Karen Warren, Laura Patey, Megan Flagg, Royette Dubar, Sebastian Ivory, and Val Nye for stepping into this role and we're looking forward to working with them.


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