Diversity & Inclusion Resources

  • Westfield State University is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment for students through Disability Services, for employees through OHRIDE, and for visitors to the University community through Events Management, which values the diverse backgrounds and abilities of all people.

    Visitors to campus can contact Director of Event Management, Joanne Bigelow, at (413) 572-5580 to request reasonable accommodations.

  • Common Goods is a food pantry serving Westfield State University students, faculty and staff who may be experiencing hunger and are struggling to make ends meet. Through Common Goods, we strive to alleviate food insecurity for Westfield State students while they work toward completing their education, as well as for any members of the Westfield State community who are in need of help providing for themselves and their families. Common Goods provides a safe and welcoming space in which to distribute a variety of non-perishable foods and personal care items no cost.

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. It provides temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number.

  • Disability Services is committed to supporting students as they learn to self-advocate and negotiate the campus and academics at the University. The program provides a wide array of reasonable, appropriate accommodations for students with learning, physical, psychological, or medical challenges.   Disability Services is also an office that serves the whole campus by providing consultation for teaching, working with and accommodating students with disabilities. Contact the director of Banacos Academic Center, the Access Advisor, or ds@westfield.ma.edu with your questions.

  • The language we use around diversity, equity, and inclusion issues is important and creating a shared language throughout campus creates a greater sense of inclusion by allowing us to understand what we mean. This document serves as a campus dictionary to set that shared language.

  • Religious and faith-based holidays and traditions are important to recognize. These calendars can assist with developing religious programs and events and can help the community know when to avoid scheduling important deadlines and programs so as to not interfere with these holidays and traditions.

  • We trust that each individual knows which restroom is most comfortable and appropriate for them to use while on campus. Gender Inclusive Bathrooms are for EVERYONE, including individuals of all gender identities and expressions. The Campus Pride Committee has identified the Gender Inclusive Bathrooms around campus and is creating a map to assist the community in locating them. The map will be available soon!