After a career in law and human services, Rayna Dyton-White joined the University of Hartford as the Title IX Coordinator in August 2016, though she's been a part of the UHart family all her life. As the daughter of two alums, she has always felt a strong connection to the community and is now happy to be able to support the students in both her work and through giving.
You recently made a gift to support University of Hartford students going on Alternative Spring Break. What inspired you to make that gift?
Financial difficulties should not impede the desire of any student who wants to give back or volunteer.
Why is it important for you to support our students?
College sets the tone for our adult lives. I have been a Connecticut resident my whole life and many from UHart stay in the area. By supporting our students, we support the well-being of our entire community.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about the University of Hartford?
The diversity of our alumni—you can find them everywhere: they are mayors, judges, stage performers, principals, therapists, and so much more. We are a small, big school.
What is your favorite UHart tradition or event?
I haven’t been here long enough yet! But I enjoy bringing my children to the many community events here. I was raised in academia and I want my daughters to have the same experience.
Both my parents are UHart alums, Regina Dyton '79 and Edward White Jr '77. They met here and married. I was actually 9 months old when my mother graduated—I've got photos of me with my grandmother at her graduation. I also have an old alumni publication, Focus, with my mother on the cover. She was featured for her activist work in urban affairs. She is currently the program manager at the Children's Advocacy Center for St. Francis. My father graduated from The Hartt School and had a long career performing as a baritone opera singer. He performed as a soloist with groups like the London Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra and on renowned stages including the Metropolitan Opera.
About the Spotlight
Faculty and staff are some of the University's greatest advocates, promoting our values, supporting our mission, and making UHart a force for good in our world. They support students everyday, even beyond classroom and office hours. They believe in students and many choose to display their vote of confidence through philanthropic contributions.
In our spotlights, we highlight some of the faculty and staff who support students through gifts to the UHart Impact Fund and other programs. If you would like to share why you support UHart's students, please let us know!