Category Archives: Education

UVM Is: Ingrid Barcelo Bridges Academic Research with Grant Funding Expertise

Ingrid Barcelo, PhD, is a researcher at heart. The Girona, Spain, native, arrived at UVM shortly after earning her doctorate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  On any given day, she can be found in her office at the Aiken Center, …

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Navigating the Complexities of Student Life and Higher Education Law

By Kate Whitney This year marks the 40thanniversary of the release of Barbara Lee and William Kaplin’s seminal work, The Law of Higher Education. The first edition, written in 1978, was 500 pages. The two-volume 6th edition, slated for release in April …

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UVM Is: How Wanda Heading-Grant is Making Progress Happen

For Wanda Heading-Grant, there’s nothing more important than building relationships. A UVM employee for 28 years, Heading-Grant is now vice president for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at UVM. She’s also a UVM alumna. For the three decades she’s been …

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Going the Distance to Protect Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

By Kate Whitney According to research funded by the Justice Department, only 3 to 18 percent of sexual assaults lead to a conviction. Challenges in proving a case may be due to a lack of evidence, an inability to identify the perpetrator, …

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UVM Is: Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne Problem Solving with an Eye from the Sky

Helping communities make better decisions is the foundation of Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne’s work. As director of the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory (SAL), O’Neil-Dunne and his team are involved with everything from conducting urban tree canopy assessments in major cities, to monitoring erosion along …

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Empowering Students to End Hazing on Campus

By Kate Whitney Hazing, or the use of any action or situation intentionally created to humiliate, ridicule, harass, or risks emotional or physical harm (with or without consent) to members of a group or team, is illegal in 44 states—including …

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Legal Issues: Understanding Trauma and Fairness in Sexual Assault Cases

A fight or flight response. An inability to call out or fight back. Feelings of disassociation. Non-linear memories. These are all reactions a person might experience during a traumatic experience. For Jeff Nolan, understanding trauma and its potential lasting effects, while ensuring …

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UVM Is: Supporting Students Is Holly Pedrini’s Greatest Joy on the Job

Working with students is the most rewarding part of Holly Pedrini’s job. Sharing the importance of a strong work ethic and positive attitude gives her a strong sense of purpose. Ever since joining UVM in 2007 as the office manager …

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Combatting Bias and Hate on Campus: An Interview with Dr. Denzil J. Suite

By Kate Whitney Every year, the University of Vermont gathers experts in higher education law, student affairs, and campus public safety to address the diverse challenges impacting all aspects of higher education for its Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Now …

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UVM Is: Kyle Warren Thriving in a Job He Loves

Kyle Warren enjoys getting up and going to work every day. It wasn’t always this way. More than a decade ago, the thought of facing another work week gave him the Sunday blues. But once he arrived at UVM in …

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