October 23, 2019
Dear CAHNR Colleague,
We need your assistance. The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) is undertaking a strategic visioning process that we believe will ensure that CAHNR will continue to be successful for many years. While maintaining its roots at the core of the state’s land grant institution, the college has grown to include a diverse set of academic disciplines. The unique combination of disciplines within CAHNR provides opportunities for innovation that can help address today’s emerging issues.
Our goal, with your input as a person invested in the college and its continued success, will be to identify key knowledge areas that enable the college to have the greatest potential success for the next decade. The project will allow us to have a dialogue on the future implications of trends and issues affecting our society, state, industries and communities, and to reflect on the state of the college and then come to consensus on focus areas of teaching, research, and extension. Ultimately, the project will drive our work to be as successful in 2030 as we are today.
The process will involve capturing input from internal and external stakeholders, gathering and evaluating data/feedback, and creating a vision for the future. This will be a data and stakeholder driven effort because we believe you know most about what is needed from CAHNR to impact important issues within and beyond the state. We created a process that we believe will produce a dynamic, forward-thinking, and focused description of a future that will position CAHNR to be among the most preeminent institutions of its kind in the nation.
To successfully achieve our goal, CAHNR leadership has identified a core team of individuals to spearhead this effort. These individuals bring their knowledge, experience, vision, and commitment to this endeavor while reaching out to learn as much as they can from others. The strategic visioning team is co-chaired by Ashley Helton (Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment) and Justin Nash (Professor and Head, Department of Allied Health Sciences) and includes a cross-section of units in the college. The strategic visioning team is spending the next several months listening to stakeholders of the college, studying peer institutions, and consulting with funding agencies. As this will require time, energy, and commitment, our goal is to listen and learn from as many stakeholders as possible while maximizing the use of everyone’s time.
To facilitate collecting input from our stakeholders, we have planned a number of listening sessions around the state. Below are details about each of these sessions. Each session will be interactive and every participant will have equal opportunity to provide input. I sincerely hope that you will participate at one of the listening sessions and will provide your input. We value and appreciate you volunteering your time to help us envision a future that will make CAHNR a regional and national leader in our mission areas. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me (email: ) or Committee Co-Chairs ( or ). I have attached a CAHNR fact sheet for your reference. Thank you again for your time and help.
Indrajeet Chaubey, Ph.D.
Dean and Director
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-4066
You can sign up for one of the listening sessions by clicking . (Sign up is not required to attend but will help us plan the sessions.)
Listening session 1
When: Monday Nov 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: Farmington Library Community Room, 6 Montieth Dr, Farmington CT 06032 (Directions: )
Listening session 2
When: Tuesday Nov 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Auditorium - Academic Building, UConn Avery Point Campus, 1084 Shennecossett Road Groton, CT 06340 (Directions: )
Listening session 3
When: Wednesday Nov 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605 (Directions: )
Listening session 4
When: Thursday Nov 21, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Ave Route 30, Vernon CT 06066 (Directions: )