Cultural Education

Cultural Education and Inclusion

A Celebration of Diversity Inclusion

Guided by social justice principles, the Office of Cultural Education and Inclusion upholds and works towards pluralism through our commitment to empower, advocate for, and educate members of our community. Our office fully embraces individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

The Office of Cultural Education and Inclusion values and celebrates diversity as a means of enriching the educational experiences of all students. Studying and learning in a heterogeneous environment, helps to prepare students to live and work in a global society. As a part of their educational experience, students benefit when they interact with multiple diverse groups, including those who have been historically underrepresented in post-secondary institutions.

We work hard to foster and encourage an inclusive environment that seeks to celebrate and harness people's identities as a means of self-awareness and development. It is our goal to create a culture on campus where all members are and feel appreciated, have a sense of belonging, and are able to participate and achieve their full potential. 

Inclusion and Belonging

Experience the genuine embrace of belonging as a Golden Bear at WNE. We take pride in cultivating a diverse and tight-knit community where everyone can show up as their authentic selves. Uncover the endless ways to find your people and carve out your space on our campus, creating a lasting bond that enriches your journey and fosters lifelong connections. Join us in celebrating individuality, inclusivity, and the unwavering spirit that makes our community truly extraordinary.

Find out how you can find your people and your place on our campus.

Get Involved, Get in Touch

Several opportunities for interaction are provided, through multicultural programs, and various outreach and support services that help students transition into college life, while enhancing their academic success. Services offered include multi-ethnic and multicultural programs and workshops, including: Black History Month, Women's History Month, Hispanic Awareness Month, and in-class presentations on diversity and sensitivity issues. Serving all students regardless of ethnicity, student input, participation, and attendance is encouraged for all activities coordinated by the office.

The office also advises students of color and international students. For the international students, the office is responsible for processing immigration paperwork, advising on immigration regulations, and acting as a liaison between international students and The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Service.

Meet Our Staff

H. Kolu Sharpe

Director of Cultural Education and Inclusion

Phone: 413-796-2369
Office location: Room 233, St. Germain Campus Center

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Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Western New England University is committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and violence.

Title IX
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International Students

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) advise almost 200 international students, scholars, and their dependents from over 30 countries on matters relating to immigration, academic, social, financial, and personal concerns relevant to daily life in the United States.

International Students

Contact Information

Office of Cultural Education and Inclusion
Campus Center 231, 233A