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Department of Education Chair Karen Case Proud to Share EdD News

June 10, 2014

June is usually a quiet month for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership however there has been a recent whirl of media attention and awards for students, faculty, and alumni. Karen Case, current director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadaership and newly named chair of the Department of Education, had this good news to share.

Monica Brase, EdD alumna who became principal of Burns Latino Studies Academy in the Hartford Public School District in 2012, was quoted in the Hartford Courant regarding the transformation of the school and an event planned to generate funds for the school's auditorium repairs and student cultural immersion trips. Actress Rosie Perez will be headlining a fundraiser for the Burns Latino Studies Academy in the Hartford Public School District on June 14, 2014. Perez is an Academy Award nominated actress and Emmy nominated choreographer. For further information contact Elizabeth Giannetta-Ramos at or 860-841-0465. 

On June 3, 2014, Kenny Nienhusser, assistant professor, contributed an Op-Ed piece on entitled, Open College Aid to Undocumented Students. I commend Nienhusser for his moral stance and stalwart argument on this important critical issue.  I also suggest that you read the comment section for this piece for  a perspective on how divisive this issue has become in Connecticut and surrounding states. 

We are in the season of graduations and the Hartford Courant reported on eighty students graduating from Miss Porter’s in Farmington, Connecticut.  The commencement ceremony was dedicated to Christopher Hampton, faculty member at Miss Porters and EdD alumnus for his dedication to helping students. 

In addition, alumna Cindy Adams, chair of the Division of Nursing at Capital Community College, Hartford received the Educational Excellence & Distinguished Service Award this year.  Dean MaryAnn Affleck at Capital Community Colleges states that Dr. Adams “leads a program that is the foundation of the college and does so with intense commitment, creativity and unremitting hard work.” 

On May 29, 2014 at a forum on health disparities in Hartford sponsored by the University of Connecticut Health Center, EdD Alumnae, Marie Spivey, Vice President, Health Equity for the Connecticut Hospital Association and Cindy Adams, Capital Community College Director of Nursing, attended UCONN Health Center Health Disparities Institute Program on Pursuit of Health Equity through Social Justice, Human Rights and Community Activism held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT.  Adewale Troutman spoke on the need for policy change to ensure health equity for all Americans. He addressed the necessity of forming a movement at the local and state level to advocate for the basic human right of health. Spivey and Adams were invited to a round table discussion to assess Connecticut's progress and challenges in the coming decade. See