UMass Lowell Receives Grant to Improve Collaboration; Extends Training to NECC

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Supported by a three-year $483,324 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, a new program at UMass Lowell will emphasize student engagement, encourage mentorship among faculty and students and improve cultural competency across the university.

Leading, Engaging and Advising Fellows, known as LEAF, is a collaborative effort which will empower faculty to improve the classroom learning environment through interactive and inclusive pedagogy, group problem solving sessions and by providing academic support during class time to enhance classroom engagement. The program will also promote a culture of peer mentoring among students with the aim of supporting those who feel left behind and including those who feel left out.

In addition to cross-campus collaboration, LEAF welcomes long-time neighbors and partners such as Northern Essex Community College, Middlesex Community College and North Shore Community College to participate in professional development training.

“Student success is at the core of what we do,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Julie Chen. “The Davis Educational Foundation’s investment and belief in our mission has allowed UMass Lowell to make significant strides in creating an environment where student success is paramount.”

Touching on the interconnected nature of the program, she added, “LEAF not only underscores our commitment to advancing faculty pedagogy but also embodies our dedication to fostering an inclusive campus community through the implementation of best practices like peer tutoring, service coordination and interactive, inclusive pedagogy.”

This grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarket.

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