It is no surprise that the University of Connecticut can get a bit dull. As vibrant as campus life can get, we are still on a land grant university in the middle of nowhere. It gets more than a bit cold. And you can only see the same set of 20-something-year-olds so many times before you lose it. The perfect solution to all of this? Try studying abroad!
Teachers play a major role in child development. They serve as leaders, educators and role models. They are given the power to be either a positive and motivating presence on a student, or a negative, discouraging one. Students whose teachers had a positive presence in their education tend to have more confidence and are more willing to take on academic challenges, because they were encouraged to do so by teachers. As a teacher, it is important to be able to connect with as many students as possible to be able to provide them with this empowering presence, and sharing a cultural or racial background with a student increases approachability and enhances student-teacher connections.
The 2018 midterms have resulted in the most diverse Congress ever. A record number of women were elected to seats. The first Native American women were elected, as well as the first Muslim women. The new diversity is not just demographic-based, however. Nine new members with STEM-related professions also won election this cycle.
Dr. Frank Tuitt delivered his pitch to the University of Connecticut students and faculty for the position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Monday afternoon in the Dodd Konover Auditorium.