Honors Student DEI Specialists

The Honors Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Specialists are student employees in the Honors Program at UConn. As a team, they develop programming and initiatives with the goal of creating a more inclusive and equitable Honors Community. The Honors DEI Specialists host events, facilitate training and other programming, and provide a space of support for students to share their experiences. Additionally, they welcome opportunities to collaborate with student organizations and university partners to support and promote programming efforts already in place around campus. 

Meet the Honors Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist Team 

The Honors Student DEI Specialists are members of the Honors community who are available to support Honors students, while serving as a voice for their community. 

Bailey Evans-Williams

Bailey (she/her/hers) is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She was born in Michigan but is from Massachusetts. In addition to being an Honors Student DEI Specialist, she is the Secretary for the Black Student Association here at UConn. She loves being creative and any form of content creation such as photography/videography, as well as dabbling in fashion and modeling. Bailey enjoys trying new things, being outside, taking pictures and is a foodie. Bailey hopes to hold successful trainings and conversations that create safe spaces for students of diverse backgrounds, and transformative internal learning experiences.

Radha Patel

Radha (she/her/hers) is a senior from Meriden, CT pursuing a major in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences. At UConn, she is a ROWE Scholar, and Co-President of the Minority Association of Premedical Students along with being on the executive board for Asha for Education, Empowered Women Collective, and the Sun Club. Off-campus, she is a volunteer coordinator for the UConn Health Leaders Program and a Research Assistant at Connecticut Children’s. She loves to listen to music, spend time with friends and family, and drink smoothies in her free time. Radha looks forward to connecting with students and creating initiatives to increase inclusivity in the Honors community!

Gabby Pattavina

Gabby (she/her/hers) is a senior from Berlin, CT majoring in Political Science and minoring in Social Justice Organizing. She is involved in the Meanings of Democracy Lab, Gamma Phi Beta, Empowering Women in Law, and HuskyTHON. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends, family, and her dogs. During her last year at UConn, Gabby hopes to help strengthen current DEI initiatives on campus while creating a more inclusive and equitable Honors Community through different programming and events.  

Khadija Shaikh

Khadija (she/her/hers) is a junior from Charlotte, NC, who recently moved to Canton, CT. She is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies with minors in Social Justice Organizing and Asian American Studies. She is a STEM Scholar, Legacy Leadership Scholar, and a Yale Conservation Scholar. At UConn, Khadija is currently involved as a student leader through her positions as the Salaam coordinator at the Asian American Cultural Center (AsACC), founder of the My Environmental Story opinion column in the Daily Campus, and a BIG in the Kids and UConn Bridging Education (KUBE) program. Previously, she has been a UNIV 1784 Facilitator, an undergraduate grader for the Environmental Studies department, and was able to attend the 26th annual UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26)! In her free time, Khadija enjoys spending time lying on the grass looking at the clouds, reading fiction, listening to podcasts about the intersections between identity and social change, making social justice tote bags, and creating sustainable modest fashion outfits! She is extremely excited to work with her peers and have critical conversations on how to intentionally and actively create equitable spaces in higher education.

Contact the Honors Student DEI Specialist Team 

Please feel free to contact the Honors Student DEI Specialist team to make an appointment, share suggestions and feedback, and/or to collaborate on programming or training opportunities. The Student DEI Specialists are available for in-office (Storrs) or virtual appointments during the fall and spring semesters. 

Email: HonorsDEIStudentTeam@uconn.edu 


Campus Resources for Further Involvement & Learning 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice at UConn 

UConn Cultural Centers & Programs 

Bias Incident Reporting 

Resource List from Office of Diversity & Inclusion 

One-Credit Courses on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice 

Reading Recommendations from Office of Diversity & Inclusion