Our Stories

Photo of Manuela Medina Sanchez '21
Photo of Manuela Medina Sanchez '21

We want to empower students to be the authors of their own stories. It’s really about rethinking what this center can do to amplify voices that are most silenced in this society.

Giving Voice to the Voiceless
The Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness is being reimagined for changing times
Headshot for Matt Burke, Director of Athletics and Recreation

Many Athletic and Recreation departments frequently promote the ways we teach valuable life skills and contribute to academic success to recruits, current athletes and families. However, we often struggle to demonstrate those efforts in tangible ways.

Matt Burke
Director of Athletics and Recreation
Portrait of Hank Parkinson

Assessment not only guides our work, but also supports the work of our campus partners. In a 2019 and 2021 study, we learned that students who are not involved attribute their sense of belonging to the connection they made with a faculty member and/or academic advisor.

Dr. Hank Parkinson
Associate Dean for Student Development
Portrait of alumnus Michael Kushmerek 08 13

If I had to do it all over again, I’d come back to Fitchburg State, definitely. A Fitchburg State education has opened every door that was presented to me, including the doors to the Statehouse.

Opening Doors
State Rep. Michael Kushmerek ‘08, ‘13 found ‘the perfect fit’ at Fitchburg State
Students in Verona, Italy

In its 20 years of operations, the CIC has helped build and support world language programs, created opportunities for students and faculty to study abroad, and sustained a rich series of programs to entertain and enlighten residents of North Central Massachusetts.

Building a Strong Foundation
The Center for Italian Culture celebrates a history of supporting students
Korry Dow 07 of Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Every step along the way has just been unexpected. I feel like I was meant to be here. I’ve been at the right place at the right time. It feels really good to love the job you’re doing.

It's Going to Change Us
Korry Dow '07
Portrait of student Christine Nibitanga '23

I spent my whole first month weighing different majors, and seeing my options. Students should try to experience other things.

Getting Started
General education courses get students off on the right path
Marissa Arseneau '17

It’s definitely been hard and anxiety-provoking, because I’ve been putting myself at risk every day for my patients. But I’m extremely grateful I can do my part and lend a hand to helping the people in need at this time.

Doing My Part
Marissa Arseneau '17
Johanna Viteri '20

The professors were always there to answer questions, and that’s one of the things I really love about Fitchburg State. The professors are really vested in your success. It’s like a family.

It's Never Too Late
Johanna Viteri '20
Angele Goss

These courses provide a much needed opportunity to engage in dialogue, self-reflection and community building. Doing so replaces misinformation with empathy, compassion and belonging.

Educating the Community
The Center for Professional Studies is equipping local schools and businesses to serve increasingly diverse constituencies