Our Stories

Alexandra Valdez '15 at Boston City Hall
Alexandra Valdez '15 at Boston City Hall

It feels amazing to see more and more students at Fitchburg State who want to get engaged. It’s so close and dear to me to see young Latinos and people of color, because I totally know what they’re going through.

Failure Was Not an Option
Getting a College Degree Was Not a Foregone Conclusion for Alexandra Valdez '15
Catherine Buell teaching

While we practice using contingency tables and finding probabilities, we are looking at the issue of constitutionality and racial profiling in the practice.

Social Justice by the Numbers
Real-world examples are making mathematics more accessible to students
Police Program 3rd ROC

At Fitchburg State, we were taught that communication is everything in this job. In the real world, that has held true. The ability to effectively communicate with people is the most important tool to have and I feel Fitchburg State prepared me for that.

Police Program graduates make their mark in Hopkinton
Fitchburg State graduates well-represented at Hopkinton Police Department
Sgt Ryan Nardone and Fitchburg State student Christopher Dickey

I jumped at the opportunity to welcome students from Fitchburg State to my department. I’m glad these young adults could put themselves in a police cruiser and see if this is something they want to do full-time.

Every Day is Different
Sgt. Ryan Nardone, Mashpee Police Department
Watertown Fire Chief Robert "Biff" Quinn

The fire service turned out to be a very rewarding career for me.

Reducing Their Risk
Fire Chief Robert "Biff" Quinn '81
Heidi Cowley '11

I had to think about how to reach my students online, and that’s when I started with the idea of a book. I draw a lot of coloring pages that kids have at school, so I was thinking about a series of those that kids could download. And then it grew into an actual children’s book.

Reaching Each Other
Heidi Cowley '11
Photo of Muhammad "Moose" Mahmood

Our Black community is in danger. This isn’t breaking news, but it should be breaking hearts.

A Show of Unity
Members of the campus community showed support for Black Lives Matter
Hate Has No Home Here signage on quad

Our goal is to hear voices we don’t always hear. Our students are so smart, and so connected, we want to hear all the solutions they have.

Hearing Voices We Don't Always Hear
Faculty and Librarian-Led Initiatives Combat Racism and Bias
First year seminar teaching

What I’ve tried to do in the program is to help students self-advocate and to help them understand how academic settings work.

Building a Community of Support
An investment in student success strategies is closing achievement gaps