Inclusive Excellence Resources

  • Alternative Spring Break
  • A week-long service learning trip immersing students in direct service and education, pushing students to become active citizens who explore the root causes of social issues. Student trip leaders recruit, fund-raise, and plan a week-long trip to assist a community in need. The week of spring break is spent on-site building, working, and assisting people and projects in need. During the fall, students fund-raise and learn more about working with non-profits and about the different region.
  • Bias Education Response Team (B.E.R.T.)
  • The Bias Education Response Team (B.E.R.T.) provides the university with a comprehensive method for addressing incidents of bias that fall below the status of hate crime in an effort to continue to create a safe and welcoming environment for all. B.E.R.T. monitors any trends related to bias incidents, and develops proactive strategies to inform and educate the campus.
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Black Student Union (BSU) is a cultural group on the Framingham State University campus promoting diversity. BSU is open to all FSU students. Meetings consist of discussions, debates and planning for educational events, socials, and other activities. It's a great place to meet new people and learn about various cultures.
  • Brave Space Training
  • Prior to 2015, the CIE led Safe Space training which was instituted to help our campus further support LGBTQ students. Beginning in Academic Year 2015, the CIE is moving from Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces As stated by Arao and Clemens, we are revising our language to shift away from the concept of safety to emphasize the importance of bravery instead, to help our community better understand-and rise to-the challenges of genuine learning and dialogue on diversity and social justice issues particularly as they relate to the LGBT+ community. In this 75 minute program, participants will be introduced to the Brave Space concept, learn how they can further support the LGBT+ community and receive a Brave Space sticker to place prominently on their spaces denoting that they have participated in our training.
  • Brother to Brother (B2B)
  • Brother to Brother (B2B) is a student organization established to support and inspire the educational, professional and social success of male students of color. The initiative assists students in their academic and professional endeavors, promotes campus and community engagement, and advocates for an inclusive educational experience and quality of life at Framingham State University. B2B membership is open to everyone, and encourages participation from those that are committed to its mission, goals and objectives. For more information, please contact Millie Gonzalez at vgonzalez@framingham.edu.
  • Center for Inclusive Excellence (C.I.E.)
  • The Center for Inclusive Excellence (C.I.E.) at Framingham State University is a Brave Space dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that reflects a collective commitment to promoting equity, advocating social justice and making excellence inclusive. The C.I.E. is located in O'Connor Hall.
  • Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)
  • The Council on Diversity & Inclusion is made up of Framingham State University Faculty and Staff from all areas of the university. CDI meets at regular times throughout the academic year. The CDI also provides grants and co-sponsorships for diversity related events and activities.
  • CIE Community Conversations
  • The CIE Community Conversation series is a program offered by the Center for Inclusive Excellence. Conversation are often held on either Mondays or Wednesdays during the free block of 1:30pm-2:20pm or sometimes in the evenings. These Conversation are opportunities for our community to talk about a range of topics, learn new ideas and concepts and connect with others. 
  • Diversity Studies Minor
  • The Diversity Studies Minor strengthens students’ understanding of how ability, age, ethnicity, gender, language, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, and social class interact to define identities and social relations. Students must apply in writing to the Chair of the English, history or Sociology department to earn a Diversity Studies minor.
  • Employees with Small Children Affinity Group
  • Employees of Color Affinity Group
  • The FSU Employees of Color Affinity Group serves as a resource to Framingham State University and its employees to positively influence the environment for and professional development of all employees of color. For more information, please contact Martel Pipkins at mpipkins@framingham.edu.
  • Employees with Disabilities Affinity Group
  • GenerationOne (G1) Affinity Group
  • GenerationOne (G1) is an affinity group that brings first-generation students together and connects them to faculty, staff and students whose parents did not attend college or earn a bachelor’s degree. G1 helps to foster a greater sense of belonging for these students by allowing them the opportunity to meet faculty and staff who were first in their family to attend college. To learn more, Like FSU GenerationOne on Facebook www.facebook.com/FSUgenerationone or email generationone@framingham.edu.
  • Gender Inclusive Housing and Facilities
  • Framingham State University offers gender inclusive areas within some of our residence halls as well as gender inclusive restrooms in designated buildings throughout the campus.
  • Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Center
  • The FSU Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Center is a place where students, faculty and staff of all faiths can go for private prayer, reflection and meditation in their own faith traditions. The Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Center is open daily to all students and employees of any religious or non-religious identity, and offers privacy during use.
  • LGBT+ Employee Affinity Group
  • The FSU LGBT+ Employee Affinity Group serves as a resource to Framingham State University and its employees to positively influence the environment for and professional development of all LGBT+ employees. For more information, please contact Kimberly Dexter at kdexter@framingham.edu
  • MetroWest College Planning Center
  • The MetroWest College Planning Center (CPC) is a regional joint college access initiative founded by Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College through the Department of Higher Education’s Vision Project. The CPC provides the necessary outreach, training, mentoring and advising to connect with youth and nontraditional adult learners in the region and guide them on their desired educational pathway to higher education. The Center welcomes and serves all members of the community and supports specific outreach focus for underrepresented, low-income, first generation, minority students and their families.
  • M.I.S.S.
  • M.I.S.S is a student organization that was established to support and inspire the educational, professional and social success of female students of color. M.I.S.S. seeks to develop and engage in educational activities, developmental opportunities and co-curricular experiences to drastically improve college access, retention and completion for students of color that identify as Women. The initiative is steered by its 4 principles: Motivation, Intersectionality, Sisterhood & Solidarity. For more information, please contact Chon'tel Washington at cwashington@framingham.edu. 
  • Preferred Names
  • Framingham State University students and employees who wish to identify themselves within the university’s information systems with a preferred name in addition to their legal name may do so. It is understood that student or employee’s preferred name can be used in university communications and reporting, except when the use of the legal name is needed for university business or is legally required.
  • Pride Alliance
  • The Pride Alliance is the Gay Straight Alliance on Framingham State University's campus. We exist to create a place on campus where members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and their straight allies are comfortable.
  • Student Leaders in Diversity (S.L.I.D.)
  • Study Abroad
  • FSU has compiled a wide array of truly affordable programs around the world through special affiliations and exchanges. Studying abroad helps promote academic and cultural exchange, world travel, and global understanding.
  • Women Affinity Group
  • Widening the Circle - Faculty Inclusive Excellence Institute
  • The Widening the Circle Faculty Institute assists with advancing Inclusive Excellence at Framingham State University through the focus area of Diversity in the Curriculum. Institute workshops explore incorporating themes of diversity and inclusion into all areas of teaching and assessment including curriculum design, pedagogical techniques, facilitating class discussions, assignment design, and assessment methods. F0r more information, please contact Professor Deborah MacMakin at dmacmakin@framingham.edu.