Our Stories

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
Portrait of Beth Swartz

In TRIO SSS, assessment is the foundation for how we make decisions about what services we provide. It is a tool we use to measure our successes.

Beth Swartz
Director of TRIO Student Support Services
Portrait of Sharon Bernard '99

To me, a liberal arts and science degree is the ideal course of study for anyone who isn’t really sure of the path they want to take. You never know when a particular subject or teacher will light a spark that will shape the rest of your life.

Lighting the Spark
Sharon Bernard ‘99 turned a passion for the written word into a rewarding career in the library
Portrait of alumnus Randy Meech 97

In any career path, you’re always communicating. It’s important you’re describing things coherently and consistently, whether it’s in a design document or an email or making a pitch to an investor.

Finding His Way
­Randy Meech ‘97 puts the foundational skills he learned at Fitchburg State to work as an entrepreneur and innovator
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
Portrait of student Mohamed Elsayyad Class of 2022

Studying philosophy definitely helped me analyze the different dimensions of a problem. Philosophy is a concept that can be applied to real-life issues. It’s not a book sitting on a shelf collecting dust.

Justice, Truth and Knowledge
Ethical Reasoning is a cornerstone of the new general education program
Mallory-Anne Perron '14 is a nurse at Brigham and Womens Hospital

I don’t feel like a hero. I took an oath to take care of people and that’s all that I’m trying to do.

The New Reality
Mallory-Anne Perron '14