President announces Next Generation grant recipients


President Toro announced on Sept. 7 the recipients of Central’s second year of Next Generation of Student Success, Diversity, Innovation, and Community Engagement grants.

The Next Generation grant program encourages faculty and staff to develop and implement innovative projects that will cultivate connection with students, partners in business and industry, and the community. Initiatives support faculty integration of activities and new pedagogical approaches in a manner that positively impacts Central and the greater community. In the next few weeks, the Provost’s Office will send out its next call for proposals.

For this second round, the following proposals across four categories were fully funded, ranging between $7,300 and $58,080 per grant.

Supporting Student Success and Diversity

  • You at Central: A Writing ‘Bridge’ for Nontraditional Students by James Austin and Elizabeth Brewer
  • The Design and Implementation of a Co-Curricular Career Accelerator Program (CAP) by Dana Wilkie
  • Burning Spirit: Caribbean, Hispanic American, and Latino Women writers, thinkers, and creators by Rocio Fuentes, Lourdes Casas and Alice Emery
  • Academic Dismissal Prevention and Support Initiative, Year 2 by Michael Russo
  • EJI Study Away Program by Audra King

Innovative Technology

  • Model Industry 4.0 Factory – An Education and Research Platform by Haoyu Wang, Xiaobing Hou, Chad Williams and Stan Kurkovsky
  • Building an XR Pedagogic Innovations Fellows Program, Year 2 by Drew Harris

Expanding our High School Pipelines

  • Voices Rising: Elevating Self-Expression, Self-Advocacy, and Empowerment of Young Women in the Educators Rising program at New Britain High School by Antoinette Ryan and Paula Talty
  • DEEP STEM: Discover, Enjoy, Explore and Practice Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Year 2 by Luz Amaya, David Broderick and Viktoria Savatorova
  • Pipeline from High Schools to Careers in Public Safety, Year 2 by Eric Dlugolenski and Julie Schnobrich-Davis

Fostering Community Engagement and Inclusion

  • Community Based Forensic Accounting Crime Lab by Michelle Kusaila and Julie Schnobrich-Davis