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 Messages: 

 January 2022
We are so very excited to announce Evelyn Bozeman has accepted the inaugural role of Administrative Assistant in the Office for Equity & Inclusion (OEI). After 18 years at Wesleyan with Human Resources and Payroll, Evelyn brings not only her organization, attention to detail, collegial relationships and commitment to Wesleyan to our division; she also brings a core passion for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion conversations and creating environments in which everyone can succeed. 

Please help us congratulate and welcome Evelyn!

 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.


Annual Diversity Summit

The Office for Equity & Inclusion concluded 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 were Critical Race Theory: From Concept to Action. We thank all of you for your attendance and hope you enjoyed the summit. 

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). 

Wednesday, February 2 at 12:30pm - Inclusive Teaching Practices     

Thursday, February 3 at 12:15pm - Equity & Inclusion @ Wes  

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 our keynote speaker was educator, activist, and educational scholar Andratesha Fitzgerald and her keynote address was entitled “Power and Empowerment: Honoring By Decision and Design.”



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