Rico Destinvil

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Undergrad: SUNY Cortland

Major: Political Science (Law and Justice Concentration)

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Assistantship: Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Program

Bio: I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY (RIP Biggie Smalls). After attending SUNY Cortland, I noticed there was a lack of diversity, compared to the city, and I knew I had to leave a mark on this predominantly white campus. Creating substantial changes for those in my community has always been a personal goal that I set for myself and others. I discovered my excitement for Student Affairs early on through my involvement in Residence Life and Housing, Advisement and Transitions, Student Conduct, and Multicultural Life and Diversity.

You can always catch me with a good book or pen in hand. My passion for art and writing lead me to create and direct a project titled #DontBoxMeIn and #DontBoxMeInToo, which sheds light on the impacts of stereotypes on students. Furthermore, on my free time I enjoy running, photography, binge watching Law and Order; SVU, and traveling. My goal, while living in Connecticut, is to learn to cook more than pasta.

I am elated to start this new chapter of my life at the University of Connecticut, as the Higher Education and Student Affairs Graduate Assistant. I hope to gain firsthand experience and mentorship from leaders in Higher Education, as well as develop a profound understanding of the meaning and purpose of Student Affairs within Higher Education. Above all, I look forward utilizing the tools provided to become a successful young professional. GO HUSKIES!