In an article entitled “Response to Charter Oak not about healing, but coercion,” writer Kevin Catapano claims that UConn is above reproach in regards to its handling of the racist incident that took place at Charter Oaks.
Here at the University of Connecticut, it seems that the more things change the more they remain the same. I have been a professor here for almost three decades and once again I find myself pleading with an apparently uncaring university administration to deal with the university’s not so little white racism problem.
As most of you probably know by now, President Katsouleas made a huge announcement at his inauguration last week: Starting in the Fall of 2020, all students with household incomes under $50,000 will receive free tuition. Katsouleas also promised to attempt to raise this income threshold higher in coming years.
The University of Connecticut launched the search for the next Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs last week, according to an email from President Thomas Katsouleas. A search committee, put together by Katsouleas, will review applicants by the end of this calendar year and interviews will take place in early 2020.
In Thomas Katsouleas’s brief stint here thus far, he’s exhibited an uncanny ability to voice his thoughts concerning UConn’s short and long-term future while relating personally to students and remaining open to and available for receiving feedback in ways that his predecessor, Susan Herbst, never did. Although these are promising signs of what’s to come, we must encourage Katsouleas to stay on this track for more than a mere month.