Education Abroad (EA)

Poster Session

Impact in Ecuador: Engaging Struggling and Low-Income Students

Wednesday, October 19
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Room: Ballroom A/B

Students with low incomes and those who struggle academically are often excluded from study abroad opportunities. However, study abroad has been shown to boost students' GPAs and improve time to graduation and rate of retention in many studies.  To help reduce barriers for these students to study abroad, UConn's Education Abroad office worked with the Student Support Services and UConn Connects programs to offer a winter program designed to immerse these students in Ecuador.

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Abigail Hastillo

Assistant Director
University of Connecticut-Storrs

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Summer Spaderna

Assistant Director
University of Connecticut-Storrs

Summer joined UConn Education Abroad in September 2008 after ten years of service at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). She received her B.A. in International Studies from CCSU (1998) as well as her M.Sc. in International Studies, Specializing in Latin America (2002).
In her role as Assistant Director for Student Services, Experiential Learning and Research at UConn, Summer works with a number of offices across campus to facilitate rewarding experiences for students studying abroad. In addition to her other responsibilities, she advises students going to Italy and Latin America. Summer also serves as the Chair of the International Studies Institute in Florence’s Consortium of Public Universities and is a member of UConn’s Community Resource Team through the Office of Diversity and Equity.

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