The Family Studies Undergraduate Council is a student organization at UConn for any students majoring, minoring or interested in the HDFS field of study. Our goal as an organization is to create a sense of community within the field of HDFS by providing students with opportunities to attend events related to their major, network with fellow students and learn more about their major as a whole.
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How to get involved
Who can join?
Membership is open to any undergraduate university student (Storrs and/or regional campuses) who is involved in or interested in Human Development and Family Studies.
Who can I talk to if I want to learn more or be involved?
We are very active on social media!
You can e-mail us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find us on instagram here: @uconnfsuc
You can find us on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/705026146529023/
FSUC Officers – Meet our e-Board!
Nick Harriau: Co-President
My name Is Nick Harriau and I am Co-President of the Family Studies Undergraduate Council. I am a senior HDFS major with a minor in Psychology. After I graduate, I plan to use my degree to get a job in the Nonprofit sector and potentially get my master’s in social work. In my spare time I enjoy biking, hiking, volunteering, and playing video games. This organization has given me the opportunity to connect with more students interested in HDFS and a greater sense of pride for my major. I cannot wait to see where FSUC goes in the future and know that it will continue to thrive.
Laura Nardelli: Co-President
My name is Laura Nardelli and I am one of the Co-Presidents of the Family Studies Undergraduate Council here at UConn! I am a sophomore majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences and minoring in Sociology. After completing my undergrad degree I plan on continuing my education to become a School Counselor or a Social Worker. Here at UConn, I'm also involved in a sorority and a women's health and fitness organization. I'm grateful to be a member of FSUC because I have made so many friends with similar interests and passions to my own. I am proud to call myself a member of FSUC and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us!
Abby Stepka: Vice President
My name is Abby Stepka and I am the Vice President of the Family Studies Undergraduate Council. I am a sophomore here at UConn and my major is HDFS. In the future, I want to use my HDFS degree to go onto graduate school and eventually become a school counselor at a high school. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, spending time with my friends and family, and going to the beach! I love this club because it has brought me friendships that I probably would not have made otherwise. I’m looking forward to see what this club becomes as it continues to grow!
Valerie Girard: Secretary
My name is Valerie Girard and I am the Secretary of the Family Studies Undergraduate Council. I am a sophomore Psychological Sciences and Human Development & Family Sciences major, with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. My goal is to attend graduate school and become a certified Marriage and Family Therapist or clinical social worker in a children’s hospital. My favorite pastimes include listening to music, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends. I love FSUC because it has given me the opportunity to make new friends and make connections I otherwise wouldn’t have!
Casey Cunningham: Treasurer
My name is Casey Cunningham and I am the Treasurer of the Family Studies Undergraduate Council at UConn! I am a junior double majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences and Psychological Sciences. I hope to use my degree to work in the public health field. I work as a research assistant for an HDFS professor and as a stagehand at Jorgensen, and in my free time I enjoy photography, yoga, and spending time with my friends! Becoming a member of FSUC gave me invaluable insight into what I can do with my HDFS degree and introduced me to amazing new friends within both my majors! I’m so excited to see our organization grow during the rest of my time at UConn!
Myranda Edwards: Community Outreach
Dr. Ryan Watson: Faculty Advisor
My name is Dr. Watson and I am thrilled to be the faculty advisor of the FSUC! We are a collection of very motivated FSUC undergraduate students, whether it be on the Storrs campus or for students who want to be involved from any of UConn's regional campuses! I am so impressed with the enthusiasm and creativity of the FSUC members - especially the e-Board, who inspire their fellow classmates to be better students and citizens. Please consider joining the organization and reach out to us with any questions and needs you have as a UConn student!
The Mission of the FSUC
• Be the voice of the undergraduate student body;
• provide a resource to the undergraduate students;
• organize and fund student directed and centered activities;
• create and stimulate interest in Human Development & Family Sciences among the undergraduate students;
• build "major pride" among the students of the Department of Human Development & Family Sciences;
• promote awareness of the diversity and strength within the Department of Human Development & Family Sciences as well as a stronger sense of community within the University;
• promote the Department of Human Development & Family Sciences throughout the larger communities outside of the University;
• lobby for the Department of Human Development & Family Sciences and when necessary to represent the Department.
• undergraduates in any forum, both on or off campus.
Our activities and past events
- Confused About Courses?: Class Picking Night
- Graduate Panel Discussion
- Spring Career/Internship Night
- & more on the way!