President Núñez Supports New Haven Promise

President Elsa Núñez

Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Núñez joined five other Connecticut university and college presidents on Feb. 1 to support the Fair Haven School, a neighborhood K-8 school on the east side of New Haven, CT.

“I am pleased to be able to attend the Fair Haven School Snowball event in support of college-bound students from New Haven,” said Núñez. “A number of students receiving New Haven Promise scholarships have chosen Eastern as their college of choice, and we are delighted to welcome them to our campus.  Expanding access to first-generation students is part of Eastern’s mission, and being an active partner in supporting New Haven Promise’s fund-raising efforts is a natural expression of our commitment.”

In addition to Núñez, other presidents who attended the event included Peter Salovey, president of Yale University; President Paul Broadie of Gateway Community College; Joe Bertolino, president of Southern Connecticut State University; President Judy Olian of Quinnipiac University; and President Zulma Toro of Central Connecticut State University.  U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro delivered remarks.

For more than a decade, the Fair Haven School has been encouraging neighborhood students to attend college through its annual Snowball celebration.  “Snowball focuses the students on college going through dance and movement and the universities throughout the state have participated by providing t-shirts, cheerleaders and mascots,’’ said New Haven Promise President Patricia Melton. “The participation of so many college presidents is new and exciting.”