Sankofa

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The Westfield State University Sankofa Organization of diverse Faculty and Staff are dedicated to help ensure that diversity and inclusion will continue to grow at the University. All members of the group honor the spirit, vision and ideals of Sankofa by actively embracing a commitment to the expansion of the spirit of global diversity and multicultural principles. In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. During the post-Civil war period, Westfield became known for educating freed African-Americans. Today we continue to honor our history by recruiting students, faculty and staff whose range of lifestyles, cultures, talents and global perspectives enrich Westfield’s academic and community life. The Sankofa Organization of Diverse Faculty and Staff, Supports activities that promote:

  • Unity
  • Provides The Sankofa Organization of Diverse Faculty and Staff support and mentoring network for diverse faculty and staff
  • Student scholarships for short-term educational experiences abroad
  • Assists in the recruitment, admission and retention of historically underrepresented students
  • Encourages and supports campus wide activities that promote diversity
  • Assists in the recruitment and hiring of both faculty and staff

The Sankofa organization of diverse faculty and staff of Westfield State University is pleased to honor our graduating students who have persevered and demonstrated the spirit and vision of Sankofa. We feel that the student recipients of the Kente stole have embraced the spirit of global diversity and represent the spirit and ideals of Sankofa with a commitment to diversity and multicultural principles.

Board of Trustee Tyrell Melvin Hill- SHORT TERM/STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

  • A maximum of $750.00 may be rewarded
  • Scholarship Applications must be submitted by the deadline.
  • Letters of Recommendations are required.
  • Meets all Short-term course eligibility criteria.
  • Please send any recommendations to the Office of Diversity& Inclusion  Ely 069
  • Finalists will be contacted for interviews by e-mail or telephone.
  • Students of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Terrell Melvin Hill-Study Abroad Scholarship

Lucille Dean Gibbs – SOCIAL JUSTICE/ CIVIC ENGAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP  APPLICATION

  • A maximum of $500.00 may be rewarded
  • Scholarship Applications must be submitted by the deadline.
  • Letters of Recommendations are required.
  • Please send any recommendations to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion  Ely 069
  • Finalists will be contacted for interviews by e-mail or telephone.
  • Students of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lucille Dean Gibbs Scholarship

Applications are due by March 20th, 2017 

 

SANKOFA SCHOLAR NOMINATION
Take a moment to recommend a student who meets the criteria to become a Sankofa Scholar and be presented at Westfield State University Sankofa Scholar Stole annual Ceremony.

Sankofa Scholars must:

  • Be eligible to participate in commencement proceedings
  • Embrace the spirit of diversity
  • Represent the spirit and ideals of Sankofa

*Nominators must submit a 50-100 word reference for committee review.*

SANKOFA SAGE NOMINATION
Recognize a faculty and/or staff memberwho meets the criteria to become a Sankofa Scholar and be presented at Westfield State University Sankofa Scholar Stole annual Ceremony.

Sankofa Sage Nominees must:
• Demonstrate a commitment to enhancing diversity and social justice education on campus
• Be an employee of the University
*Nominators must submit a 50-100 word reference for committee review.*

Nominations are due by March 20, 2017.