Day 16: 20 Years of AWA


nunezDr. Elsa M. Núñez AWA ’02 is the President of Eastern Connecticut State University, joining the institution in 2006 with more than 20 years of senior academic administration experience. A tireless advocate for closing the education achievement gap, Elsa’s leadership has been instrumental in Eastern achieving its highest four-year graduation rate in the 125-year history of the University.

“Whether we look at it as a moral imperative to give those less fortunate than us a better chance of living the American dream, or we see this in stark economic terms — experts suggest that closing the achievement gap between America’s haves and have-nots could add as much as 2-4 percent to our Gross Domestic Product — improving academic performance among at-risk groups is good public policy for those experiencing it as well as society at large.”