Programs, Trainings & Events

The University strives to promote services and activities based on inclusiveness, leadership, and innovation.

The following pages describe the various efforts undertaken to foster community and growth in the areas of diversity and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students.

  • The mission of the Albert and Amelia Ferst Interfaith Center is to support religious and spiritual life and to promote interfaith understanding at Westfield State University. During the academic year, Center staff members provide and support opportunities for worship, meditation, spiritual exploration, religious learning, celebration, fellowship and service. In support of the University's mission to prepare students for life in the global community, the Center seeks to promote respect for and understanding of diverse religious traditions and to help students relate their moral and religious traditions to their personal choices and service to society.

  • Through education, advocacy, and awareness, LGBTQQ allies will be empowered to speak out against homophobia and transphobia, confront heterosexist assumptions, and promote a safe, confidential, and supportive environment for all members of the University community.

  • This committee, consisting of members representing all campus constituencies, serves as an advisory group to the President, to make recommendations concerning effective implementation and appropriate strategies of the EO Plan, and to evaluate institutional compliance with respect to all equal opportunity, diversity, and affirmative action programs. For more information about this committee, please contact the Diversity Officer at 413-572-8728.

  • Higher Ed/Higher Ground is an initiative to foster dialogue on issues of racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other forms of oppression. Launched by the Office of Academic Affairs in Fall 2016, Higher Ed/Higher Ground creates spaces for conversations, healing, and action during a time of social, cultural, economic, and political upheaval. Please consult our calendar below for events centered on social justice and building bridges amongst the various constituencies that make up our community at Westfield State.

  • Founded in 1979, the Learning Disabilities Program at Westfield State University offers a supportive academic setting where students with learning differences, that are learning disorder or ADHD based, can flourish. Each student in the Learning Disabilities Program is assigned to a professional Program Advisor. This advisor works with the same students throughout their entire undergraduate careers, teaching them to master their individual learning strengths and to become fully independent learners. The Learning Disabilities Program is an admissions-based academic support program for incoming first-time, first-year students. Student can apply for the Program when they apply to the University.

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    The Westfield State University Sankofa Organization of Diverse Faculty and Staff are dedicated to helping 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.

  • The TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSSP) at Westfield State University empowers first-generation college students, low-income students and students with disabilities to explore and engage with their educational and personal goals. It offers comprehensive academic and personal support designed to assist with persistence to graduation and graduate school and career preparation.

  • The mission of the Urban Education Program is to provide support for first-generation students that will improve individual performance and academic achievement through a college readiness and preparation Summer Bridge Program and promoting students’ academic success through intrusive advising, mentorship, academic, and social support. From its inception in 1968, the Urban Education Program upholds the goals of enhancing and enriching the academic community by increasing the representation of diverse populations, championing inclusivity, empowering first-generation students, and fostering academic excellence and leadership.