Diversity & Social Justice Council

Mission Statement

The mission of the Diversity and Social Justice Council is to support and monitor the University’s evolution towards inclusive excellence through the promotion of coherence, cohesion, and collaboration of diversity initiatives and institutional structures within and across organizational systems at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Diversity Statement

Eastern Connecticut State University values the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff. Differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, class, religion, learning styles, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, ideology, and other aspects of human variation and characterization, including but not limited to those protected by law and CSU and Eastern policies, enrich the educational experiences and social and intellectual development of students and create a rich cultural environment. Eastern is committed to ensuring that regardless of their differences, all members of the Eastern community are challenged to achieve their full potential and are supported in their pursuit of that goal.

Council Structure


Eunice Matthews-ArmsteadSociologymatthewse@easternct.edu


Angel BeltranFacilitiesbeltrana@easternct.edu
Theresa BouleyEducationbouleyt@easternct.edu
Carmen CidSchool of Arts & Sciencescid@easternct.edu
Walter DiazStudent Affairsdiazw@easternct.edu
Despina MessologitisStudentmessologitisd@my.easternct.edu
Suzanne DowlingCounselingdowlings@easternct.edu
Kimberly DuganSociologydugank@easternct.edu
Carlos EscotoPsychologyescotoc@easternct.edu
Rhona FreeAcademic Affairsfree@easternct.edu
Madeline FugerePsychologyfugerem@easternct.edu
Jeffrey GarewskiPublic Safetygarewskij@easternct.edu
Jaime GomezSchool of Edu & Prof Studiesgomezj@easternct.edu
Lisa HamiltonPublic Safetyhamiltonl@easternct.edu
Susan HeywardAdvising Centerheyward@easternct.edu
James HowarthFinance and Administrationhowarthja@easternct.edu
Edith MavorRegistrarmavor@easternct.edu
Michael PernalExecutive VP's Officepernal@easternct.edu
LaQuana PriceAdmissionspricel@easternct.edu
Pamela StarrAccessAbility Servicesstarrp@easternct.edu
Denis UgurluStudentugurlud@stu.easternct.edu

Each sub-committee will charged with the development of an action plan based on, but not limited, to the sub-committee definitions outline in the comprehensive diversity plan.

  • Campus Climate Sub-CommitteeCreating a welcoming campus environment enriches campus life and individuals to reach their potential. In the fall of 2007 President Nunez requested that the DRJ Committee administer a campus climate survey to the entire university community (students, faculty and staff) in order to assess perceptions about the existing campus climate. This was the first time that such an extensive survey had been administered at Eastern. A campus climate survey was developed by the Diversity Race and Justice (DRJ) Committee in the spring of 2008 and was administered in the spring and fall of 2008. The purpose of the survey was to provide baseline data about the perceptions of the university campus climate by different segments of our population. A major benefit of doing such a survey is that the data can be used to help us institutionalize the university core value of “inclusion”. The Campus climate sub-committee is charged with the continued monitoring and redistribution of this survey.
  • Institutional Viability
    The institutional Viability sub-committee is concern with issues of admission and retention among students, faculty, and staff who make up Eastern Connecticut State University Community for the purpose of maintaining diverse community. This sub-committee will focus on such things as accessibility by various populations to aspects of the university community; student admissions, student major selection and success, student persistence, retention, and graduation hiring, departmental compositions, promotion and tenure. The institutional viability data (admissions, hiring, recruitment, promotion and retention) is essential for assessing diversity initiatives and progress over time.
  • Academic Programming
    The academic programming sub- committee will focus on the academic departments for the purpose of facilitating the development of opportunities for interdepartmental collaborations as well as individual departmental initiatives that support the diversity mission and support the distribution of information regarding best practices among academic departments.
  • Institutional Programming
    The Institutional programming sub- committee will focus on the non-academic departments [such as student affairs, support staff, etc. ] for the purpose of facilitating the development of opportunities for interdepartmental collaborations as well as individual departmental initiatives that support the diversity mission and support the distribution of information regarding best practices among non- academic departments.

Activities and Documents

Current Meeting Agenda: February 2012

Assessment of Strategic Initiatives 2011 Report
Diversity and Social Justice Council Survey Results
Diversity and Social Justice Council Survey Report, January 2012
Diversity and Social Justice Council Assessment Report, January 2012

Next Meeting Dates
March 2
April 13
May 4

Past Meeting Agendas and Minutes
November 2011
September 2011
February 2011
December 2010
November 2010
September 2010

Diversity Presentations
DSJ Address to Faculty Senate
Inclusive Excellence as a Conceptual Framework for Engaging the Eastern Community Around Issues of Diversity