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. The Office of Inclusion & Diversity offers a variety of programs and initiatives for students, faculty, staff and the community.


Safe Space Training


WSU's Safe Space Training is a campus-wide program hosted by the Office of Inclusion & Diversity and Full Spectrum Student Alliance to create an inclusive and affirmative University community.
A safe space is a place on campus where LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and community members are respected and welcome. A safe space provides an area to promote visibility, awareness, and acceptance as well as address social injustices.
For scheduled dates or to request a private group training please see the Safe Space Training Registration Form or contact Tyler Treptow-Bowman at or 507.457.2625 for more information.

Family Ties

Aug. 17-19, 2019

Family Ties is a family-centered program designed to offer new and transfer students to Winona State University.  In partnership with their families, students will gain enriching opportunities assisting in their successful transition to a four-year living/learning community.

The program's structure helps to foster student leadership, cross-cultural relationships, and cultural competency awareness and skills, thus building on the tight-knit community that characterizes the WSU/Family Ties experience.

Through a broad range of organized academic support and advising, leadership and mentoring and social support activities, students will learn new things about themselves and their new "home away from home."

If you'd like more information or would like to sign up, please contact our office at or call our office at 507.457.5595.


HOPE Summer Academy


June 20-29, 2019

Harnessing Opportunities for Post-Secondary Academic and Leadership Academy (HOPE) is a ten-day summer residential program designed for high school students moving into the 9th - 12th grades.

The purpose of HOPE Academy is to provide under-represented and under-served students with an opportunity to experience college life by engaging in college-level courses and workshops to develop and explore their leadership skills.

Applications for the 2019 HOPE Academy are now available in online and printable format on the program website.


SILCC Mentoring Program


The Students Impacting Lives on Campus and in the Community (SILCC) Mentoring program is designed to offer incoming, transfer, and current students immersion opportunities to become more engaged with on-campus and off-campus community life.

The goal of SILCC is to provide personal support, academic assistance, social guidance and positive campus survival skills by developing activities and interactions with peer mentors to address personal needs, thus contributing to their academic success and enhancing Winona State University's efforts in retaining and graduating underrepresented, underserved, first-generation and diverse students.