Congratulations! After four, five, six, or however many years you have spent at the university you are finally done.
For graduate students, the deal is rather lucrative. They get to work on researching a topic that they (hopefully) love, they are endowed with one of the highest academic honors by UConn at the end and they get to make connections with colleagues around the world thanks to the wide network their advisors and professors provide.
Criticism of college professors based on the political views they express in class and their research is nothing new in American society. As far back as the 1930s there were anti-communist blacklists at the highest levels of academia. Professors have been targeted in other instances, such as when many supported desegregation in the 1960s.
The graduate students at our university are an integral part of everyday life for all members of the UConn community. While they put in so much work to help teach, complete research, and get their degrees, they are not being treated fairly with regards to their compensation. If we want to maintain the quality of education we have for all students, and continue to attract top notch prospective students, our school needs to seriously rethink how we are treating our graduate students.
Sexual assault prevention is a major topic on every college campus. At the University of Connecticut, students are introduced to this issue at orientation. It is important to continue to raise awareness about these topics in order to ensure the continuity of understanding for the issue of on-campus harassment.
By honoring our school’s programs with these awards, students should be reminded of how lucky we are to have the quality of care that we receive at UConn. While there may be days where you don’t find something you want at a dining hall, the dining services staff is clearly committed to ensuring students are satisfied with their meals.