Our Stories

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
Rebecca DeCoteau

This summer I attended summer classes and worked as often as possible. I am determined to do whatever it takes to put myself through school.

Rebecca DeCoteau '13
Exercise Sport Science
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
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
Shalayah Washington aka Red Shaydez

Fighting for equality is always at my core, along with human rights. We should all be able to start with a clean slate.

Music Can Change the World
Shalayah Washington '14 Makes Music That Matters
Unity Rally on the quad in 2020

One of our first objectives is to have a better understanding of our own identities and our own biases.

A Student Ready Campus
The university’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts span the entire campus
a photograph of Thompson Hall

Addressing the systemic barriers to student success will take a campus-wide commitment.

Closing the Equity Gap
Our Next Five-Year Strategic Plan Focuses on Education Justice
Salvatore Emma '83

My professors taught me all the fundamentals about business, as much as you can from a book. But then they talked how about how to learn, how to work hard. That carried me.

Solving Problems
Salvatore Emma '83