Undergrad: The University of Kansas
Major: Global and International Studies & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Topeka, KS
Assistantship: Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Bio: Hi-Low! My name is Connor A. Dougan and I was born and raised in good ol’ Topeka, Kansas. I “Rock Chalk(ed)” during my undergraduate experience at The University of Kansas (KU) where I studied Global and International Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, & History. Upon the completion of my degrees I received a certificate in applied research experience by completing work on both menstrual equity at KU and the representations of masculinity in host club photo advertisements within Japan’s red-light district.
While at KU, I served with the student programming board, board of class officers, headed KU’s largest day of service opportunity, worked with undergraduate advising, and union event services. During the summer leading into my third year, I learned all of these experiences, peer mentoring, and student development outcomes, were part of a graduate degree known as Higher Education and Student Affairs. I was hooked on the idea that I could study and do what I loved for the rest of my life. Finding a passion in people, more specifically students and how they both develop and navigate the world and experiences around them, has helped me to realize a fascination in both theory and applied knowledge. Aptly named the Sunflower and Basketball State, KU, Kansas, and the Midwest, have sparked additional passions within me including photography (landscape, industrial, and people), binge watching any TV show, and making ~the best~ ice cream from a can you could imagine. The excitement I feel to be joining the HESA program and UConn community is unmatched and I can not wait to serve students, staff, faculty, and community to the best of my abilities, in and outside of the office/ classroom.