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Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness

Students outside of the Samuel Roskin YMCA Leadership Lounge

As a valued member of the Fitchburg State University Community, the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness (CDI) lays the foundation for Fitchburg State to be a place that creates and nourishes a culturally diverse community. The CDI aims to educate students, faculty and staff so that attitudes of racism, bigotry, hate, prejudice, and intolerance, on any level, are overcome. The center coordinates and maintains a campus-wide program that reflects the University's mission to support the development of the whole person, by engaging students, in an inclusive environment, through the following:

  • Promotion of active involvement
  • Collaboration
  • Education and leadership opportunities
  • Ensuring each students goal fulfillment

The center will provide the tools of understanding, sensitivity, and acceptance to diversity in its many varied forms. It is CDI's mission to the Fitchburg State student, and its community, that they:

  • Be exposed to cultural diversity
  • Learn to be accepting of people and ideas not their own
  • Acquire sensitivity and knowledge of cultural differences
  • Develop techniques on how to best deal with diversity issues
  • Advance your personal skills and demonstrate competencies' in understanding diversity
CDI is my "go to" place, especially after a tough day! It is also the place where I get the necessary encouragement, and guidance.
–Michelle Valentin
Latin American Student Organization

The members of the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness will design, plan, and oversee the delivery of various programs, such as:

  • Heritage Month Celebrations
  • Multicultural education
  • Cultural activities designed to contribute to a positive campus culture of appreciation and respect for differences

The center advices active, diverse student organizations such as:

  • Black Student Union
  • Latin American Student Organization
  • Focus On Faith
  • Asian Cultural Society
  • World Integrated Nations
  • Gay Straight Alliance

...on topics such as:

  • Program planning
  • Leadership development
  • Heritage celebration

...including such multicultural events as:

  • Latin American Heritage Month
  • Black History Month
  • Native American Month
  • Asian Pacific Month
  • Woman's History Month
  • Gay Pride Week
CDI recognizes me as an individual. Jamie has always helped me meet the challenges of my studies, along with mixing in a whole lot of fun into my day. CDI rocks!
–Ulrich Mbakop, Senior Biology Major & FWS Student

Anyone interested in admission to the University and the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness or in taking a tour of the school should contact Fitchburg State University Admissions at 1 (800) 705-9692. You may also contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness directly at (978) 665-3399 or (978) 665-3701. CDI maintains an open door policy to assist students in improving and enhancing their experiences here at Fitchburg State. The staff is equipped with the skill sets necessary to dismantle existing stereotypes. You are encouraged to learn more about yourself and others through interactions with a diverse mix of students and collaboration with other organizations.

Jamie Cochran has been with Fitchburg State University for over 20 years. She has worked for 10 years with state financial and higher education authorities. She holds a Master's in Economics and brings experience working with students of color and advocating for their needs as university students. This, coupled with her dedication to the learners of today, lends itself to a very successful program history.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness is located in Hammond Hall room G04.

If interested in setting up an appointment to meet with the students and staff to learn more about the center, please contact us directly at (978) 665-3399 or (978) 665-3701. You may also email Jamie Cochran at jcochran@fitchburgstate.edu.

We look forward to meeting you, and becoming friends.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness runs several events, including:

  • CDI Leadership Retreat
  • Telling our Stories: A collaborative project between CDI & the Fitchburg State Community
  • CDI got Talent!
  • Read to Lead Book Club Series
  • Orientation/Reception for freshmen and upperclassmen
  • "Chill by the Grill" winter barbecue

Two happy students in CDI t-shirts