The Dr. Sue Saunders Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) Professional Development Award fund was established to honor the commitment and dedication of Dr. Saunders to the development of graduate students in the HESA program at UConn. This fund will support students who participate in professional development activities (e.g. conferences, courses, webinars, publications, research activities, etc.).
The focus of the UConn HESA program is to develop reflective practitioners in student affairs specifically through the implementation of the scholar-practitioner model. Each year, HESA admits a cohort of approximately 18-20 students into the program. This very individualized program provides students with intentional curricula and practice directly in the field. All full-time students are placed in graduate assistantships to provide the professional and practical experience that allows students to apply theory to practice.