Campus Currents

September 8, 2020

Perfect 10 Ram Challenge - Win an FSU Hoodie!

Perfect 10 Ram Challenge!

Game on!

Join FSU Community Members in a Scavenger Hunt like no other to win an FSU Hoodie. You have a week (Sept. 5th to Sept. 12th) to complete as many missions in the Ram Challenge as possible. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must successfully complete a minimum of 10 Missions.

To increase your chances of winning: 15 missions = extra entry/20 = 5 total entries

There are 20 missions in this Perfect 10 Ram Challenge - missions range from FSU Trivia, event attendance, to photo/video challenges.

Here's how!

1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.

2. Choose to play as a guest, or register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice. (There will more GooseChase games ahead - so create an account!)

3. Search for and select the Perfect 10 Ram Challenge 2020 game, or search by game code PEGW96.

4. Follow the prompts to create your player profile.

Winner will be verified as an FSU community member.

Learn more on Ram Link. If you have any questions, contact Assistant Dean of Students Rachel Lucking at

Leadership in the LatinX Community Panel Discussion

As we get ready to celebrate LatinX Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), join us for a panel discussion with LatinX leaders from our campus.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 4:30 p.m.

President Javier Cevallos
Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Dr. Connie Cabello
Interim Dean of Whittemore Library Millie Gonzalez
Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Connally
and more!

RSVP to:

More LatinX Heritage Events to come!

FSU Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Framingham State University has again been recognized for its efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus with a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.

The award is given by INSIGHT into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today. Framingham State will be featured along with 90 other recipients nationwide in the magazine’s November 2020 issue. This is the sixth time Framingham State University has been honored with the award since 2014, and FSU is the only public college in Massachusetts included on this year’s list.

“It’s an honor to once again be recognized with a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award,” says Dr. Constanza Cabello, FSU’s Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. “As the COVID19 pandemic continues to disproportionally impact communities of color, our efforts to ensure that we are providing equitable opportunities to all of our students, regardless of their economic or racial background, are more important than ever.”

As the pandemic began spreading throughout the United States last spring, Framingham State quickly setup resources to support its most vulnerable populations. It also challenged members of its community to think about how it can support communities of color, low-income students, food and housing insecure community members, students with disabilities, and more.

Two months later, in response to the murder of George Floyd in May and the nationwide protests that resulted from it, Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos further committed FSU to the work of anti-racism, announcing the creation of an Institutional Inclusive Excellence Committee to focus on anti-racist strategy to positively impact the student experience. He also announced further training and education for University police officers and other FSU employees focused on maintaining a safe and inclusive environment and added an objective into the University’s strategic plan requiring every department on campus to engage in antiracism work, at the individual, interpersonal, and/or system level.

“I want to be clear about our anti-racist stance,” Cevallos wrote to the community. “We recognize the damaging effects of systemic racism on the experience and success of communities of color.”

The HEED award is a national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

For more information about the 2020 HEED award, visit

Raymond Santana: From Central Park 5 to Exonerated 5

September 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m., Webinar Session - Register Here.

Wrongfully accused and convicted of a heinous crime as a teenager, exonerated years later! Join Raymond Santana and a guest interviewer on stage, to share his thoughts and insights on the US Justice System and a first-hand account of being betrayed by this system.

Tuesday Talks: Arts & Design Lecture Series

Due to COVID-19, all Fall 2020 Mazmanian Gallery Exhibitions have been postponed.However, in its place, a special Art and Design Lecture Series has been arranged with several exciting artists.

The speakers include: Janine Antoni, Jessica Bellamy, Hernease Davis, Amy Khoshbin, Heidi Lau, and Tim McDonald. After each talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the speaker.

These events will be held virtually. All talks are free and open to the public. 

To learn more about all the speakers, and to register for the events, click here.

LatinX Heritage Month: Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press). She is a GrubStreet board member and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University. Her website is:

Webinar session link:

This event is sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Excellence, L.U.N.A. (Latinos Unidos N’ Acción), and the English Department.

Virtual Study Abroad Fairs

The Office of International Education Presents: Study Abroad Fair







Register here for Zoom Links

Questions? Email

Library Seeking Contributions to COVID-related Community Collecting Project

The Whittemore Library invites contributions from our campus community (students, faculty, staff and alumni) to capture the impact of the CoVID-19 pandemic on their lives. The library is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages submissions from all members of the university. We are interested in your life during the pandemic - the shift to remote instruction, your work from home, your work (if outside now) at off-campus jobs, the way you and your family and friends keep in touch, and more. It is a living collection and we seek more submissions during the 2020-2021 academic year. We are grateful to have included student submissions from the classes of faculty members Robert Krim and Leslie Starobin.

This online collection ( reflects the submissions from Framingham State University CoVID-19 Community Collecting Project:

Upcoming events

Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products with Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

Spanish: Regenerative Agricultural Business Practices to Domestic Plants for Responsible Products, Mario Garcia Quesada

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Organized by: Dept of Biology, McAuliffe Center & Challenger Learning C

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