The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. The University enrolls approximately 6,900 students, the majority of whom reside in University housing.
The Engineering Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) was established in 2008 as an inter-district magnet school (grades 6-12) through a collaboration between the cities of New Haven, West Haven and the University of New Haven. The school has a special focus on STEM curriculum. Until this year ESUMS was located at a temporary site in Hamden, the school moved to its permanent location adjacent to the University campus in West Haven this March.
The median household income for New Haven residents is $36,641, which is significantly below the state median of $71,346. From 2010-15, 26.6% of New Haven population was below poverty level, compared to 10.5% for the State of Connecticut (US Census, 2015). The VISTA will be supervised by Michael Rossi, Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences, and Linda Kessler, Administrative Coordinator for Faculty Development & Support at the University and Alice Coleman, Magnet Resource Coordinator at ESUMS. The VISTA member will help University address the need to promote STEM educational opportunities in New Haven and surrounding areas, especially among underrepresented minority and female students.
This will become a model university-magnet school collaboration, demonstrating best practices raising rates of student achievement, college enrollment and completion among at-risk youth, while also increasing community service and engagement among University students.