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WCSU strengthens commitment to diversity with new director of Inclusion & Belonging

Joshua Sumrell
Joshua Sumrell
Joshua Sumrell

DANBURY, Connecticut — Western Connecticut State University announces the appointment of Joshua Sumrell as the new Director of Inclusion & Belonging, effective July 26. Sumrell is currently the Coordinator of the Intercultural Center at Eastern Connecticut State University.

“This new position will assist students, faculty, and staff with the information and guidance they need to understand their rights and broaden their knowledge,” said Dr. Manohar Singh, WCSU President (Interim). “Joshua will be crucial to implementing our new strategic plan, with a focus on providing our diverse student body with all the tools they need to succeed in our welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.”

In his role, Sumrell will focus on the development and assessment of inclusion programs, organizing, creating, facilitating, and delivering educational programming, workshops, events, and speeches centered on equity, access, inclusion, diversity, and cultural awareness. His work will also support WCSU’s mission as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a designation earned this year from the U.S. Department of Education.

The university is also in the process of hiring a new Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, who will be responsible for compliance with Title IX, overseeing the university’s affirmative action plan, and enhancing recruitment efforts. The position is expected to be filled during the fall semester.

“These endeavors reinforce our commitment to diversity and enable us to offer exceptional support to all our students,” Singh said. “We eagerly await the arrival of our new and returning students in Fall 2024 and the numerous opportunities the new semester will bring to enrich the college experience of our students.”

Western Connecticut State University is dedicated to fostering an environment of inclusion and belonging, ensuring that every member of its community feels valued and empowered to succeed. The appointment of Joshua Sumrell as Director of Inclusion & Belonging is a significant step forward in this ongoing commitment.

For more information, contact WCSU Communications and Marketing at pr@wcsu.edu.


Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.