Programs & Trainings

Winona State University is committed to cultural diversity and understanding on campus, and to prepare all members of our community for successful living in a global society.

To support these goals, The Office of Equity & Inclusive Excellence offers a variety of programs and trainings for students, faculty, staff, community members, and high school students interested in WSU.

HOPE Academy

June 21-25, 2021

Are you a high school student looking to experience college life?

The HOPE Academic and Leadership Academy is a five-day summer program designed for under-represented and under-served high school students moving into the 9-12 grades.

At HOPE Academy, you’ll attend college-level courses and workshops to develop and explore:

  • Leadership and communication skills, so that you can use these important life-long skills
  • New perspectives on your humanity so that you can better understand yourself and the world around you
  • Ways to move beyond any financial, social and academic barriers so that you can have a successful college experience
  • Decision-making and judgement strategies so that you can overcome any present and future challenges

The end goal for HOPE Academy is that students realize how they use intellect, integrity, courage, respect, passion and leadership as building blocks for academic and personal success.

Register for HOPE Virtual Academy and view the detailed schedule with Zoom links (PDF).

If you have any questions, please contact Nahla Yeejsuab Lee at 507.547.5884 or

Family Ties

Aug. 2-18, 2021

Make the transition to college less stressful and more enjoyable.

Family Ties is a family-centered program that welcomes new and transfer students to WSU.

Along with their families, students will have the resources to successfully learn and live as part of the WSU community for the next four years.

Through the tight-knit community of the WSU Family Ties experience, you will learn new things about yourself and your new “home away from home” with:

  • academic support and advising
  • leadership opportunities
  • mentoring and social support activities

Students will also build cross-cultural relationships and gain cultural competency awareness and skills.

Space is limited, so sign up for Family Ties today!

If you'd like more information, please email or call 507.457.5595.

Family Ties is program sponsored by TRIO and the Office of Equity & Inclusive Excellence.

All students are welcome to participate.

Family Ties has been especially helpful for first-generation students and their families.

Space is limited and provided on a first-come first-serve basis.  Sign up for Family Ties today!

If space is not available, students are welcome to attend only the virtual meet-ups Aug. 2 – 13. 

Program confirmations will be sent on a rolling basis until we meet capacity.  Continue to check your personal email and your WSU email.  

You can check your WSU email by signing in with your (StarID example: AB1234YZ) and your StarID password. Once logged in, select the Outlook icon from the menu options on the left side of the website.

Learn more about how to access your WSU email.

If you are living on-campus, you will need to work with Housing & Residence Life about your move-in date and time. 

You will want to move into your room before Family Ties starts.  Family Ties programming will begin at 1pm CST on Sunday, Aug. 15.  

Please allow for at least four hours to move into your residence hall room.

WSU does not provide lodging accommodations for family during this program. 

If you have questions about local lodging, please reach out to us at

Yes. If you are living on campus, your meal plan will be active starting on Aug. 16 for brunch and dinner.

If you are living off campus, you will receive meal tickets to enjoy brunch with the entire group from Aug. 16-18.

There will be a balanced schedule of structured informational sessions and fun activities.

Be prepared to learn more about navigating campus and resources as well as explore Winona and the surrounding area.

A more detailed schedule is expected to be sent via email to confirmed participants by July 9.

Guiding Warriors Mentoring Program

Find support and make connections in your college life.

Guiding Warriors Mentoring Program helps under-represented, under-served, first-generation, and diverse students: • find academic success • stay enrolled • achieve graduation

You’ll be paired with peer mentors who will share their experiences and expertise to offer support, academic assistance, social guidance and positive campus survival skills.

This program is a great way to become immersed in community life both on campus and in Winona.

For more information contact Tyler Treptow-Bowman at or 507.457.2625.

Safe Space Training

Safe Space Training is a campus-wide program hosted by the Equity & Inclusive Excellence Office and Full Spectrum Student Alliance to create an inclusive and affirmative University community.

With Safe Space training, you can learn to be more intentional about creating spaces that are welcoming to everyone –especially for students, faculty, and staff who identify as LGBTQ+.

For scheduled dates or to request a private group training, please see the Safe Space Training Registration Form.

You can also contact Tyler Treptow-Bowman at or 507.457.2625 for more information.

Race Matters: Cultural Competency Training

Race Matters is a year-long cohort of faculty and staff who engage in meaningful dialogue to better understand how race has come to shape our lives.

Through podcasts, articles, videos and more, we’ll focus on the ways in which race influences the environments and structures around us. We'll also explore how we are situated within these environments.

We will investigate how systemic racism intersects with history, labor rights, housing, education, white privilege, intersectionality, and media representation.

During the Race Matters training series, we will build relationships, tell stories, and equip people to be advocates.

To learn more about cultural competency training opportunities, please contact Dr. Jonathan Locust at or 507.457.5595.