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Promoting Diversity and Inclusion—Build Your NESTS

Posted 01/04/2019
Submitted by Christine Grant
Category: Campus Announcements

Happy New Year!

Perhaps your 2019 resolutions include enhanced professional and personal growth, building camaraderie with peers on campus, learning new skills, or sharing your hobby with others, or finding a way to decompress and unload.

Then let’s build NESTS together!

NESTS (Networks of Engagement and Support To Succeed) will be affinity networks across the University of Hartford campus community to promote inclusion, diversity, and equity among faculty, staff, and the greater community. Some universities and organizations call them Affinity Groups but we’ve chosen to call them NESTS (after all, we are Hartford Hawks). NESTS are being developed In line with President Woodward’s and the administration’s commitment to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus for all.

NESTS will be voluntary, employee-led groups that express the values of mutual understanding and shared community. Faculty and staff can use these groups to build support, understanding, and the sharing of knowledge and resources to connect communities across colleges, units, or job classifications. NESTS will also offer you opportunities to become a more enthusiastic contributor to campus life.

Your participation will help determine the success of this initiative. Here’s how you can help NESTS get started.

Please fill out the initial survey that will help assess campus wide needs and interests. This will let us know if you are interested in joining or forming a group. The survey will be available online until Thursday, January 31, 2019, but please complete it now while you are thinking about it.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you!


Christine Grant
Office of the President
Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Engagement

T. Stores
Office of the Provost
Assistant Provost and Dean of Faculty Development

Lisa Belanger-Buoniconti
Office of Human Resources Development
Executive Director