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HESA Faculty and Students to Present at ASHE 2019 Conference

UConn EDLR Faculty and Students are headed to Portland for the annual Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference being held November 13-16.  Below is a list of presentations where EDLR will be representing their research.  This information was compiled by Ashley Robinson.

Wednesday
Exploring Mechanisms for Faculty Agency in the Implementation of the ‘Double First-Class Initiative’ Policy in China
Wed, November 13, 3:00 to 4:15pm, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: Ballroom, Galleria South
Bin Zhang, Shaanxi Normal University
Gerardo L Blanco, University of Connecticut
In Session: Reimagining Academic Careers from a Global Perspectives

Thursday
Navigating an International Researcher Formation and an Academic Career Success in the United States: Advice from Experience and Research
Thu, November 14, 8:15 to 9:45am, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: Ballroom, Grand Ballroom Parlor A/B
Including: Gerardo L Blanco, University of Connecticut
In Event: CIHE International Students and Scholars Workshop (Additional Registration Required)

Researcher Identity Formation: What Shapes your Research Interests and Agenda? (Roundtable 2)
Thu, November 14, 10:00 to 11:40am, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: Ballroom, Grand Ballroom Parlor A/B
Gerardo L Blanco, University of Connecticut
Pilar Mendoza, University of Missouri-Columbia
Tatiana Suspitsyna, The Ohio State University
In Event: CIHE International Students and Scholars Workshop (Additional Registration Required)
In Session: Developing Success Strategies and Professional Plans

“I’m the same as you, just more melanin”: Increased Structural Diversity and Anti-Blackness within Higher Education
Thu, November 14, 2:15 to 3:30pm, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: 3rd, Forum
Ajhanai Channel Inez Newton, University of Connecticut
Charles Lu, University of California – San Diego
In Session: Anti-Blackness and Violent Campus Racial Climates

Presidential Commission on Undocumented Immigrants Open Meeting
Thu, November 14, 2:15 to 3:30pm, The Duniway, Captain Gray III
H. Kenny Nienhusser, University of Connecticut (Organizer)
Susana M. Muñoz, Colorado State University–Fort Collins (Organizer)

Friday
Getting Messy and Teaching From the Heart: How Instructors Shift Their Teaching Conceptions and Practices to Teach Through Diversity
Fri, November 15, 8:15 to 9:15am, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: Plaza, Atrium Ballroom
Milagros Castillo-Montoya, University of Connecticut
Jillian Ives, University of Connecticut
Kirsten Kortz, Northern Essex Community College
In Roundtable: 9. Dangerous and Messy Lessons that Fan the Flame: Developing Justice-Oriented Staff, Faculty, & Leaders

Role of Contexts in Shaping the Implementation of Policies That Affect Undocu/DACAmented Students
Fri, November 15, 10:45am to 12:00pm, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: Ballroom, Galleria II
H. Kenny Nienhusser, University of Connecticut
Chelsea Connery, University of Connecticut
In Session: Policy Implementation as a Tool to Achieve Educational Equity in the Community College Context

Free Speech Worship as Racial Oppression: A Critical Whiteness Analysis of Speech Rights in U.S. Higher Education
Ashley N. Robinson, University of Connecticut
Fri, November 15, 2:15 to 3:30pm, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: Plaza, Broadway II
In Session: Free Speech: Institutional Responses & Student Activism

“Why the Caged Bird Sings” in the Academy: Reimagining What Counts as Knowledge in Higher Education
Fri, November 15, 2:15 to 3:30pm, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: Plaza, Pavilion Ballroom West
Milagros Castillo-Montoya, University of Connecticut
Thandi Sule, Oakland University
Truth Hunter, Connecticut College
William Corey Moore, University of Connecticut

Saturday
Coalitional Work and Collective Agency: Breaking Boundaries that Perpetuate Inequity and Injustice (Presidential Session)
Sat, November 16, 1:30 to 2:45pm, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: 23rd, Skyline II
Gerardo L Blanco, University of Connecticut
Roman Liera, University of Southern California
Gary Rhoades, University of Arizona
Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fraternities as Settings for Sexual Assault: An Examination of the Relationships of Traditional Norm Masculine Norms Climates, Alcohol Consumption Climates, and Sexual Assault Mindsets
Sat, November 16, 3:00 to 4:15pm, Hilton Portland Downtown, Floor: Plaza, Broadway II
Adam M. McCready, University of Connecticut
Sarah Cohen
Gentry R McCreary, Dyad Strategies LLC
Joshua Schutts, University of West Florida
In Session: Reconceptualizing Normative Masculinities in College

Compiled list of EDLR Presenters during ASHE 2019 Conference. Details are embedded into text of post.

HESA Runs Winter Clothing Drive for Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Hurricane

Left to Right: HESA Graduate Assistant Rico Destinvil, Professor Kari Taylor, HESA student Jessica Gramajo Vivas, Professor Reggie Blockett, HESA Student and Staff Development Manager Danielle DeRosa, and Professor Milagros Castillo-Montoya stand with donated clothing.  Photo by Shawn Kornegay.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Connecticut schools welcomed a wave of Puerto Rican students who had been displaced from their homes and communities on the island. This February, the HESA program and campus partners (the Department of Educational Leadership, HESA students, and the HESA village) ran a winter clothing drive to benefit newly-arrived Puerto Rican students at two local high schools.

Professor Milagros Castillo-Montoya, who spearheaded the project, initially approached Christina Rivera, an Ed.D. student in the Department of Educational Leadership, with the idea. Rivera was able to connect Professor Castillo-Montoya with the two Connecticut schools that expressed the need for donations: Hartford Public High School and Windham High school.

Once the school connections had been made, Castillo-Montoya said, the HESA and EDLR communities mobilized to collect a total of 270 items, which included coats, jackets, boots, scarves, pants, and gloves. HESA practicum student Jessica Gramajo Vivas created a flyer to notify the HESA and EDLR communities of the opportunity to donate items, and HESA Student and Staff Development Manager Danielle DeRosa coordinated with current HESA students to distribute donation boxes to collect items.

“The success achieved in so little time would not have been possible without the people who helped get the word out, HESA students who collected donations at their respective assistantship sites, assistantship site and practicum site supervisors who allowed donations to get collected there, and everyone who donated,” said Castillo-Montoya. She also highlighted donations from EDLR faculty, HESA students, and the entire HESA village.

“For these high school students and their families, some of which are living in shelters, this made a big difference,” said Castillo-Montoya. “Thank you to all who got involved and helped make this happen.” While unable to assist in all hurricane relief efforts, this drive was an opportunity for the HESA and EDLR communities to build on existing relationships and support local students in a targeted and timely way.