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Spring 2021 HESA News
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Spring 2021: News From the HESA Program

Milagros Castillo-Montoya and Kenny Nienhusser

Two HESA Faculty Members Awarded Tenure 

Dear HESA Family,

On behalf of the HESA program, we are proud to announce the promotion of Milagros Castillo-Montoya and Kenny Nienhusser to associate professor. This is a wonderful accomplishment for which they have both worked so hard.

In recognizing them during our May 7 Graduation Celebration, we will present them with gifts featuring current and past students’ memories and well wishes. Please use the below link to submit a brief note and/or picture for either or both of them. Thanks in advance for your help!

Submit Your Well Wishes by May 5

Alumna Brings People Together Online During COVID-19

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A program specialist for University Events and Conference Services at UConn, HESA alumna Anne Hill ’90 (CLAS), ’92 MA has been planning events across campus for nearly 24 years. When the pandemic hit last spring, Hill and her team had to uproot the strategies they had been using to design in-person events and pivot to online platforms.
Read Anne Hill’s Story

Student Pens Op-Ed on Inequities With Online Learning

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“From what I observe, online learning is particularly difficult for science majors who rely on laboratory sessions and for education majors who carry out their ‘clinicals’ in classrooms to gain experience,” writes HESA student Jia Cai.
Read Jia Cai’s Op-Ed

Higher Education Anti-Racist Teaching Podcast

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In this series of podcasts, we explore what antiracist teaching in higher education is, what it entails, what challenges educators face, and any advice our guests can give our audience in their antiracist teaching journey.

With a strong commitment to centering the learning of BIPOC students, co-hosts Dr. Milagros Castillo-Montoya and doctoral student Omar Romandia ask questions of their guests to deepen conceptions about antiracist teaching as well as advance teaching practices that align with antiracist tenets.  

Listen to the Podcast
Saran Stewart.

Saran Stewart Explores Intersectionality Methodology 

During Women’s History month, we wanted to consider, in particular, the intersectional oppression that impacts the lives and experiences of women and girls. In this post, we explored the concept of intersectionality by focusing on our own Saran Stewart’s work with several colleagues on conceptualizing an Intersectional Methodology (IM).
Read About Stewart’s Work

Consider Giving Back

We invite HESA faculty, staff, students, and alumni to consider donating to the Dr. Sue Saunders Professional Development Fund to support the professional development expenses of current HESA students.

To donate: Visit our giving page and be sure to note that you want to give specifically to this fund.

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