What is RISE?


About RISE

Resilience, Inclusion, Success, and Equity (RISE)  is to support current undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

RISE Scholars are selected and committed to enhancing their academic performance, career preparation, financial literacy and wellness.


Resilience, Inclusion, Success, and Equity (RISE) at UConn's Regional Campuses empowers underrepresented students through an equity-focused student success initiative. We believe in the power of resilience, inclusivity, and equity to transform students' educational experiences and set the stage for their future success.

Our commitment is rooted in breaking down barriers ensuring that all students rise to their full potential. We aim to enhance academic performance, increase retention rates, and improve graduation outcomes.

RISE is not just a commitment; it's a movement toward a more equitable and inclusive educational landscape.


RISE Scholars are current undergraduate students enrolled at UConn Hartford, Stamford or Waterbury.

Scholars identify as first-generation to college and/or from a historically underrepresented group in higher education.


  • Programs and workshops designed to enhance students' academic, personal, professional development, wellbeing and financial literacy & wellness.
  • Ongoing, holistic academic coaching & supplemental advising from a College Success Coach
  • Free academic tutoring services for a variety of courses
  • Enrollment in First Year Experience course(s)
  • Access to peer mentoring during first-year
  • Opportunity & enrichment scholarships to further academic, personal and professional development

UConn Hartford

Joanna Rivera Davis, Director of Student Success, Equity, & Inclusion

Email: Joanna.Rivera@uconn,edu  Phone: 959-200-3757 Office: Hartford, HTB room 127D

UConn Stamford

Alfy Roby, Director of Student Success, Equity, & Inclusion

Email: Alfy.Roby@uconn.edu  Phone: 230-251-8511 Office: Stamford, room 201A

UConn Waterbury

Nicole Ariyavatkul, Director of Student Success, Equity, & Inclusion

Email: Nicole.a@uconn.edu  Phone: 203-233-9919 Office: Waterbury, room 230D