Diversity, Equity, and 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, and the Division of Student Affairs’ strategic priority on diversity.