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Kenna Grant

Director:  Kenna Grant, MS, HHP

stonesKenna Grant is the director for the Connections Health Education and Wellness Center and the Women Gender Resource Center at the University of Hartford. Grant hails from Mystic, Conn.,  and has been in the field of student affairs within higher education for over 10 years.  Grant is a graduate of  the University of Connecticut with a degree in English and a minor in criminology and health education.  She received her masters  in psychology from the University of Hartford.  Additionally, Kenna is a holistic health practitioner and is board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is a certified sexual health educator through Planned Parenthood and is trained as a sexual assault crisis advocate through the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS).

Grant’s areas of specialty include: eating disorder awareness and prevention; nutrition and health coaching; sexual assault/rape crisis intervention and prevention; sexual health awareness and revention of STDs and STIs; domestic volence and relationship violence awareness and prevention; mental health awareness and prevention;  leadership training/workshops; and diversity training/workshops.  In addition, she is an adjunct instructor within the Department of Psychology for the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Hartford.

Grant is affiliated with various community and national professional organizations including: NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators); WISA (Women in Student Affairs); NEACUHO (New England Association of College and University Housing Officers); CONNSACS (Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services); ACHA (American College Health Association); NECHA (New England Health Association); and NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association).


Gail M. Syring

Program Administrator:  Gail M. Syring, MA

stonesGail M. Syring is the program administrator for the Connections Health Education and Wellness Center and the Women Gender Resource Center at the University of Hartford. Syring is a Connecticut native and has been in the field of student affairs within higher education since 1999.  Syring is a graduate of  the University of Connecticut with a degree in human sevelopment and family relations with a concentration in family services and counseling, and a minor in women’s studies.  She received her master’s degree in ministry from Hartford Seminary, and specializes in the grieving process.  Additionally, Gail is trained in critical incident stress management, as a trainer of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and as a sexual assault crisis advocate through the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS).

Syring’s areas of specialty include: pastoral care and spiritual direction; sexuality education and women’s health; LGBT support, advocacy, and education; mediation and conflict resolution; sexual assault/rape crisis intervention and prevention; leadership training/workshops; and diversity training/workshops.  In addition, she is an adjunct instructor in the Academic Strategies Department of Hillyer College at the University of Hartford.

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