Teiana Williams has started her year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member through the Connecticut Campus Compact. During this year she will work with the Office of Public Engagement and the Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences in Hartford Public Schools to expand the internship capacity of the Academy. These internships will further the experience and training Academy students receive through their rigorous academic program in nursing and health sciences so that they are prepared for collegiate study in their field. The focus will be on developing a sustainable Internship Program with a designed database system and polished community partner relationships for use by the Academy’s guidance staff and Advisory Board.
Ms Williams will also be working to support first generation college students on the Storrs and Greater Hartford campuses of UConn through a monthly learning community developed by Dr. Carol Polifroni, Director of Engagement. UConn is committed to the diversity of its student population and currently has one of the highest freshman to sophomore retention rates in public universities in the country. The learning community meetings have the potential to increase retention moving the rate from very good to excellent. If the learning community is identified as a valuable contribution to this increased retention rate, the program will be incorporated into existing freshman year experience courses.