Center for Student Success
and Engagement

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Welcome to the Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE)

The heart of our mission at the Center for Student Success and Engagement is empowering students with the resources to explore academic possibilities and develop strategies for ongoing personal and academic growth. Our dedicated team is committed to prioritizing the needs and concerns of each student, fostering an environment where their growth and development take center stage.

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Start Your Path to Success by Connecting with CSSE Support Offices.

We are the hub for academic exploration and personal growth.

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    The Banacos Academic Center offers dedicated support through Disability Services and the Learning Disabilities Program. We provide tailored strategies, fostering an inclusive environment. Any student, graduate or undergraduate, can access reasonable accommodations at any time. Prospective students that meet the criterion can benefit from our free LD program for comprehensive support.

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    Join CARE at Westfield State for academic growth. We offer tutoring, workshops, and one-on-one assistance, creating a circle of care with campus services. Our open, inclusive space and retention software (WSU360) ensure holistic support for all students, addressing financial aid support and food and housing insecurities.

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    Academic Advising: Your guide to success! Explore services for course selection, academic progress, and career goals. We're here to support your academic journey.

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    TRIO is a comprehensive academic support program for students who are first-generation college students, students with low income, and/or students with disabilities. TRIO guides students to maximize their resources and opportunities at Westfield State while supporting their growth as scholars and as emerging professionals. TRIO students work one-on-one with a TRIO advisor throughout their time at Westfield State.

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    Founded in 1968, the LEAD Scholars Program, formerly known as the Urban Education Program, initially aimed to provide college access, mentoring, and academic advising to students of color during a turbulent social climate. Evolving over time, the program now extends its holistic support services to all students who identify as first-generation or demonstrate financial need. Embracing diversity in ethnic and educational backgrounds, the LEAD Scholars Program is dedicated to increasing the representation of historically excluded populations in higher education.

  • Ethan Lichwan, class of 2025. He is in the Veteran and Military office on campus, and wears a gray shirt with a blue "WSU" print on the front. He has close-cropped hair. Colored flags are blurred in the background and he is sitting on a green couch.

    At Westfield State University, we support all military-connected students, including active military, Guard, Reserve, veterans, and their dependents. Our Military Excellence Community Center in Bates Hall offers resources, study space with laptops, and amenities like coffee and snacks. It's also the meeting place for the Westfield State Veterans Alliance club. Whether utilizing benefits or not, we're here for our military-connected community.

Looking for Additional Student Support Services?

Explore our Academic Support page for additional services and take the next step towards enhancing your educational journey!

Exciting News!

Westfield State University earned a spot on the prestigious 2022 Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges list, showcasing our commitment to supporting military-affiliated students.

Additionally, we take pride in being the inaugural chapter in Massachusetts for Alpha Alpha Alpha, the esteemed honor society dedicated to recognizing the achievements of first-generation college students. These distinctions underscore our dedication to fostering diverse and inclusive academic excellence.

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State University Internship Incentive Program (SUII)

The State University Internship Incentive (SUII) Program is a state and university-funded program that provides financial support to students participating in internships. Qualifying internships can range from 3 to 15 credits per semester. 

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Contact Us

Azanda H. Seymour, Ed.D.
Executive Director
Parenzo 163B
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Contact Us

Kerri LaPlante
Assistant to the Executive Director
Parenzo Hall 163B