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

Tuesday, February 13: WSU-Winona - Minné Hall 237, 1-3pm

WSU's Safe Space Training is a campus-wide program hosted by the LGBTQ+ Faculty Association 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, and staff are respected and welcome. A safe space provides an area to promote visibility, awareness, and acceptance and address social injustices.

See the Safe Space Training Registration Form or contact Mary Jo Klinker to reserve space in the training:

Family Ties

Aug. 18-21, 2018

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.

H.O.P.E. Summer Academy

Summer 2019

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

The purpose of H.O.P.E. Academy is to provide underrepresented and underserved students with an opportunity to experience college life by engaging in college-level courses, and workshops to develop and explore their leadership skills.

Applications available online starting March 1, 2019.

For information on last year's H.O.P.E. Academy, please visit 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.

Academic Progression Report System

Academic Progression Reporting System (APRS) is designed to identify those students who are having academic difficulty at any point in their four years at WSU. Staffs of the Office of Inclusion & Diversity, Student Support Services and the Athletic Department help students address their needs, thereby increasing the likelihood of their success.