Family Sciences Undergraduate Council (FSUC)


The Family Sciences Undergraduate Council is a student organization at UConn for any students majoring, minoring or interested in the HDFS field of study at the Storrs or any regional campus. 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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FSUC Officers – Meet our e-Board!

Laura Nardelli: President

Laura Nardelli

My name is Laura Nardelli and I am the President of the Family Sciences Undergraduate Council here at UConn! I am a junior 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

Abby Stepka

My name is Abby Stepka and I am the Vice President of the Family Sciences Undergraduate Council. I am a junior 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

Valerie Girard

My name is Valerie Girard and I am the Secretary of the Family Sciences Undergraduate Council. I am a junior 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!






Bella Otoka: Treasurer

My name is Bella Otoka and I am the Treasurer for the Family Sciences Undergraduate Council. I am a sophomore with a double major in Human Development & Family Sciences and Psychological Sciences. I plan to use my degree to work with children in mental health services. After UConn I see myself working in the field while earning an advanced degree. My interests include almost anything creative such as painting and theater. I love to read mystery novels, and listen to music- or doing both at the beach. I’m so grateful to be a part of the FSUC, which has given me a place to make connections and make friends who share the same passions! I look forward to meeting new members and continuing to grow the club.






Myranda Edwards: Community Outreach

Myranda EdwardsMy name is Myranda Edwards and I am the Vice President of Community Outreach for the Family Sciences Undergraduate Council. I am a senior, majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences. The career path I'm aiming for is one that involves public policy and healthcare, specifically involving children and families. I'm one of those people who enjoys watching a movie for its production, writing, and editing rather than the actual plot. Writing, baking, and spending time with friends is a definite constant in my life. I'm so excited to be continuing this journey with FSUC! We've come a long way in facilitating support and building a sense of community within HDFS here at UConn. It can only get better from here, so I'm looking forward to what the future holds!






Dr. Ryan Watson: Faculty Advisor

Ryan J. Watson

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
    • Fundraisers
    • Graduate Panel Discussion
    • Spring Career/Internship Night
    • & more on the way!

FSUC Constitution

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Become involved!

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