by Sophia Contreras
Students and faculty gathered together at the “Pizza with the President” event to voice their academic and social concerns about Central Connecticut with President Dr. Zulma Toro.
Students expressed their dissatisfactions with the university’s academic program, specifically faculty members of tenure.
“Professors with tenure don’t care and it is hurting students. I love to learn and study. I don’t want a professor who is going to talk to me about their home life,” Nicole K., a business management major at CCSU, said. “I’ve had a professor cancel class five times this semester [and as a student who is] paying for my own tuition, [it is] hard and I don’t want the slogan of Central to become, ‘You get what you paid for.'”
Toro apologized on account of some students’ experiences and informed the attendees of the “Professional Development Program” that Dr. Glynis Fitzgerald, the associate vice president of Academic Affairs, is created for faculty members in order to avoid these dissatisfactions among students.
Some students, however, took the opportunity to praise some departments, such as the mathematics department, for their outstanding support and guidance. Despite this, some also advocated for a wider variety of classes and more tutoring opportunities.
Students also said that when in a bigger department, such as engineering, resources often become scarce.
“We don’t have any tutors for fluid mechanics or other higher-level classes, we really help in those classes. Professors suggest to read the book, check the slides, we are putting in the work but sometimes we still don’t understand,” Tomi K., an engineering major, said.
Members of the Student Government Association were also present. Their biggest concern included a potential expansion of the Student Center, which Dr. Toro assured was in the works.
More than anything the SGA representatives were mostly concerned with the lack of storage of clubs and, as a result, having to refuse budgets and supplies to clubs because of the lack of resources in the Student Center.
Throughout the event, Dr. Toro continued to state how accessible she wanted Central to be for people of all incomes and places of residence.
“Central has the largest number of transfer students coming in. We have to be willing to accommodate the needs of today’s student population, and I [support] making Central the land of opportunities,” Dr. Toro said.
Students also addressed their concerns about safety and privacy, specifically in the Student Center. Recently, some students said they have been approached by strangers posing as students asking them if they believe in God and attempting to invite them to church groups or religious ceremonies outside of campus.
Toro assured that the necessary actions would be taken to avoid non-students coming on-campus and promised to talk to the CCSU Police Department about setting up more security measures, specifically around the Student Center, to avoid any form of disruption.