Community Conversations


During the Spring 2022 semester, Westfield State President Linda Thompson hosted a series of four panel discussions on a variety of topics of community interest, all through the lens of equity. We invite you to watch these discussions. Plans are underway to continue this series in the 2022/23 academic year and we hope you will check the WSU website this fall for further updates.


  • Community Conversation Pannel Members

    Our first Community Conversation took place February 24 focusing on health equity in the nation and our region with nationally known change agent, Dr. Gail Christopher, Baystate Health System's Vice President for Public Health Dr. Frank Robinson, Caring Health Center CEO Tania Barber, Westfield State University Professor Jessica Grabowski and Regina Santana '19. 

  • Community Conversations - BIPOC Artists: Advocacy and Equity in the Arts & Culture

    This conversation focuses on what it means to be an artist of color in this country. This session will challenge us on how we can create more space and opportunity for artists, actors, performers, teachers, and students from diverse backgrounds navigating this space. 

  • Community Conversations 3rd Pannel & Studio Audience

    In our third Community Conversations event, Westfield State President Thompson hosted a panel of experts to discuss how the political landscape has changed in the last thirty years and what we can expect moving forward.

  • Community Conversation Pannel #4

    Western Massachusetts has a rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship, but what is it like for today's entrepreneurs? Are resources, connections, and the tools needed to be successful available equally to all?  Join us to explore "entrepreneurial equity" with Economic Development Council CEO Rick Sullivan, Valley Venture Mentors Executive Director Hope Gibaldi, and area entrepreneurs Leonard Underwood, creator of Upscale Socks and Devin Streeter '12, founder of Devin Davon.