Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Connecticut’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Program!
We are excited to have you join us for UConn HESA Admitted Students Weekend (ASW) on Feb. 27 and 28, 2022. Below you will find information to assist with your planning and preparation for ASW. If you have specific questions that are not addressed below, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admitted Students Weekend Schedule
Admitted Students Weekend Events & Programs
We invite you to take full advantage of our Admitted Students Weekend programming to engage with current students, other admitted students, and program faculty. Please check your email for links to each of the below virtual meetings. All times on our schedule are in Eastern Standard Time. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Saturday, February 26
Student Affairs Association Admitted Student Social (optional)
12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
HESA ASW Welcome Program
2:00pm to 5:00pm EST
During this program, you will have the opportunity to engage with HESA faculty, current students, and assistantship supervisors to learn more about the HESA student experience and our program’s commitment to fostering reflective and inclusive scholar-practitioners, build relationships with other admitted HESA students, and resolve questions you may have about the HESA program.
Following this program, the UConn Student Affairs Association, a student organization led by HESA students, is hosting an optional question and answer session with the UConn Graduate Employee Union from 5:00pm to 6:00pm EST for admitted students.
Monday, February 28
Please join one thirty-minute session as your schedule permits. We encourage you to visit the profile sites (noted below) to learn about the UConn HESA faculty to choose the faculty you would like to connect with during this session.
Dr. Adam McCready, Assistant Professor-in-Residence (profile)
- 9:30am – 10:00am, 11:00am – 11:30am, 1:30pm – 2:00pm, 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Dr. H. Kenny Nienhusser, Associate Professor (profile)
- 10:00am – 10:30am, 11:30am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 2:30pm, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
Dr. Saran Stewart, Associate Professor (profile)
- 10:30am – 11:00am, 1:00 – 1:30pm, 2:30pm – 3:00pm, 4:00pm – 4:30pm
If you are interviewing for Graduate Assistantship positions, please check your email for your individualized schedule of interviews. The links for each interview are included in your schedule email.
Virtual Breakroom: Hosted by the Student Affairs Association (optional)
The UConn Student Affairs Association is hosting a virtual breakroom to provide you with a space to process assistantship interviews, and engage with current HESA students and other admitted students.
9:00am - 5:00pm EST
Following our Admitted Students Weekend program, we invite you to join us for a virtual reflection and Q&A session on Monday, February 28 at 5:00pm EST before you submit your assistantship preferences by Wednesday, March 2. We hope that this gives you a couple of days to reflect on your interview experiences and we look forward to answering any questions and sharing next steps during this meeting. Please check your email for a virtual meeting link.
Get Ready for Admitted Students Weekend: What to Do Next
Step 1: RSVP and Assistantship Preferences
- If you are interested in being considered for graduate assistantships, review the graduate assistantship position descriptions under the next section below, “Assistantships: Review and Rank Preferences.”
- Consider attending the virtual information session at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 18, to learn more about Admitted Students Weekend and applying for graduate assistantships before you RSVP. Register for this information session online.
- Complete the Admitted Students Weekend RSVP and Assistantship Site Interview Preference Form by Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
Step 2: Get Connected
- Review all of the information on this site, including how to connect with current HESA students, getting to know our faculty, and learning about UConn and the surrounding areas.
Step 3: Learn More About HESA
- Review this presentation on an Introduction to HESA
- Learn more about the HESA Academic Program & Faculty-- 2022
Step 4: Prepare for Admitted Students Weekend
- Online Engagement
- UConn uses the WebEx video conferencing software, and all of our Admitted Students Weekend sessions will be held via WebEx. To prepare, you should download the WebEx software for free and familiarize yourself with the software. We also recommend uploading a photo of yourself to your WebEx account.
- Be sure to do a technology check ahead of time, including checking that your audio and video are working properly with WebEx.
- Due to the importance of engagement during Admitted Students Weekend, we strongly recommend having access to both audio and video throughout the sessions. If you anticipate issues with using audio and video during Admitted Students Weekend, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Admitted Students Weekend will be virtual, but you can still enjoy our beautiful campus scenery. Feel free to use one of our WebEx Backgrounds during ASW! Download the files below and upload to your WebEx account:
- Gentry Building (Neag School of Education) Interior
- Gentry Building (Neag School of Education) Exterior
- Horsebarn Hill
- Campus Aerial (featuring the quad outside of the Gentry Building)
- Campus Sunset (featuring the Wilbur Cross administrative building)
- Campus Entrance Sign
- We recommend casual attire for our Sunday (Feb. 27) programming and business attire for interviews on Monday (Feb. 28).
Step 5: Participate in Admitted Students Weekend!
This year, participation in Admitted Students Weekend will be virtual. The Weekend includes two components:
- HESA Welcome and Admitted Students Orientation (Sunday, Feb. 27, 2-6:30 p.m. EST, via WebEx)
- Assistantship Site Interviews (Monday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. EST, via WebEx)
A detailed schedule will be available in early February.
Step 6: After Admitted Students Weekend
- Complete the Admitted Students Weekend Feedback and Assistantship Site Preference Form by Thursday, March 3, 2022.
Assistantships: Review and Rank Preferences
To indicate your interests and preferences for assistantships, be sure to complete the RSVP and Assistantship Site Interview Preference Form, which you also received by email. Again, note that assistantships are not required, but we strongly encourage our students to either hold a graduate assistantship (GA) or full-time employment in a higher education or aligned role.
HESA students have held a wide variety of graduate assistantships in UConn’s Division of Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Cultural Centers, and various academic and administrative departments. This is a list of assistantship sites that are looking to fill an open position for Fall 2022. Click on an assistantship title for the responsibilities and duties.
To determine your assistantship site preferences we recommend you take the following steps:
- Reflect on the types of knowledge and skills you hope to gain through a graduate assistantship. Consider what experiences you need in order to enhance your ability to be a reflective and inclusive higher education & student affairs professional.
- Also, reflect on the characteristics of your ideal work environment (e.g., highly structured or less structured, many opportunities for collaboration or many opportunities for independent work).
- Consider the context and mission of the assistantship sites, and consider how the context and mission compare with similar sites in which you were involved at previous institutions.
- Review the descriptions of each available assistantship.
- Look for assistantships that fit well with what you are hoping to learn as well as how you are hoping to learn in graduate school.
Graduate assistantship position descriptions are provided below in PDF format.
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Connect with Current HESA Students
As you prepare for Admitted Students Weekend and are eager to find out more about life in UConn HESA, we welcome you to follow us on Instagram, where we frequently post content about the HESA program, student and alumni experiences, faculty research, and opportunities for involvement in the field of student affairs.
We also invite you to join the private Facebook group for all invited candidates called UConn HESA 2022 Admitted Students Weekend, along with a GroupMe page. These sites will be available for you to ask questions, receive updates, and meet other candidates. The groups will close on Tuesday, March 1.
Affinity group sessions and social events will be held virtually. Check your email for links to these events:
- Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) Students Monday, Feb. 7th, 5:00pm EST
- International & Non-US Citizen Students Thursday, Feb. 10th, 7:00pm EST
- LGBTQ Students Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 5:30pm EST
- Out-of-State Students Thursday, Feb. 17th, 5:00pm EST
- Disabled & Neurodiverse Students & Mental Health Friday, Feb. 18th, 5:30pm EST
- Graduate Assistantship Experience Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 6:15pm EST
- Meet UConn HESA Alumni Wednesday, Feb. 16th, 6:00pm EST
We know there’s a lot to consider when looking at graduate programs and preparing for Admitted Students Weekend. Current UConn HESA students have volunteered to serve as Admitted Students Weekend “Connects”. Here are profiles of the current cohort. Do not hesitate to reach out to this individual as you plan for weekend. You will also have many opportunities to connect with current HESA students during Admitted Students Weekend, through both informal and formal sessions. If you register for Admitted Students Weekend, you will be connected with a current UConn HESA student in early February.
Meet the HESA Faculty
Learn About UConn and Connecticut
- Check out this short video feature about the Neag School of Education
- Take a Virtual Tour of UConn
- Resources for Life at UConn
- Center for Career Development
- UConn Cultural Centers
- Native American Cultural Programs
- UConn Faith (with faith organizations directory)
- UConn Recreation
- Graduate Student Housing
- Graduate Assistant Health Benefits
- UConn Graduate Employee Union
- Graduate Student Senate
- Parking & Transportation
- Off-Campus & Commuter Services
- Graduate School
- Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Affairs
- Learn about the area: