Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

The HESA program aims to create a learning environment that develops inclusive practitioners by:

Who we are…

●    We strongly encourage the participation of students who differ by life experiences and social identities such as race, color, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, age, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, and gender identity or expression;

●    We value everyone’s lived experiences and perspectives and understand all our experiences and perspectives are shaped by multiple and intersecting social identities;

What we seek to teach and learn…

●    We aim to deepen our understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion through courses and practical experiences;

●    We seek to provide students and faculty of the program with opportunities to develop knowledge, dispositions, and skills to engage in and facilitate dialogue across differences;

How we aim to learn together…

●    We encourage an exchange of learning between faculty, practitioners, and students;  

●    We support continuous reflection and learning about diversity, equity and inclusion

HESA’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion supports UConn’s vision for a diverse and inclusive environment, the Neag School of Education’s area focus on social justice, the Division of Student Affairs’ strategic priority on diversity, and the UConn Graduate School’s commitment to diversity.