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

Monday, Oct. 30: WSU-Winona - Minné Hall 237, 4-6pm
Wednesday, Nov. 1: WSU-Rochester - CF 206-208, 5-7pm

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

June 20-30, 2018

Harnessing Opportunities for Post-Secondary Academic and Leadership Academy (H.O.P.E.) is a ten-day summer residential program designed for male and female high school students in 9th - 12th grade. The purpose of the Academy is to provide underrepresented and underserved students with a life-changing opportunity to experience college life by engaging in college-level courses and workshops to develop and explore their leadership skills.

Diversity Recruitment Day

Diversity Recruitment Day is for underrepresented, underserved, first generation and diverse students in 9th - 12th grades. This program is designed to provide empowering information through admissions and academic sessions led by the Minnesota State College and University System administrators and faculty and the Minnesota Department of Education. Students will acquire information and strategies for being successful throughout high school as well as practical tools to assist them in making the transition from high school to college.

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.

For Current SILCC Students:

Monthly Meeting Form
Mentor Evaluation Form
Mentee Evaluation Form
Goal Sheet

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.