Student Highlight:
Caressa Wakeman

Caressa, who majors in Engineering at UConn, talks about her experiences as a neurodiverse student working with the INCLUDE program. Read more

Faculty Highlight:
Maria Chrysochoou

Dr. Chrysochouu, the Department head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, discusses the various ways in which the INCLUDE project creates community and supports neurodiverse individuals.
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Faculty Highlight:
Dr. Arash Zaghi

Dr. Zaghi, an Associate Professor, talks about the origins of the INCLUDE project and how his prior research informed the future of learning in the CEE Department. Read more

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Faculty Highlight:
Professor Shinae Jang

Professor Shinae Jang introduces the concept of Universal Design Learning which is a form of education that emphasizes a variety of teaching styles and accessibility. Read more

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STEM Inclusion for the Neurodivergent, Different Brains, with Hackie Reitman, M.D.

Maria Chrysochoou, Ph.D. and Arash Zaghi, Ph.D. spoke with Hackie Reitman, M.D. at Different Brains, about the origins of the INCLUDE project and why neurodiversity is critical for the future of STEM fields. Learn more at

Radical Inclusion, ASEE Prism Magazine, by Mary Lord

"One of the nation’s most ambitious initiatives—dubbed INCLUDE—is unfolding at UConn. Fueled by a $2 million Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) award from the National Science Foundation, the five-year extreme makeover aims to transform the civil and environmental engineering undergraduate experience, from admission to advising to job search, and create a campus-wide ecosystem that “supports  diverse learning styles and cultivates the potential of neurodivergent students to contribute to innovations in engineering.” Read the full article.


Portrait of Arash Zaghi, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., a man with short, dark hair and a gray suit jacket, and Alexandra Hain, Ph.D., a woman with straight blonde hair and a dark shirt.





CEE Department Scores Two New Grants to Expand on Neurodiversity Programs

UConn Today, by Eli Freund

Two new grants from the National Science Foundation, totaling just shy of $1M, have been awarded to Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty Alexandra Hain and Arash Zaghi for work they will carry out in undergraduate research opportunities and new programs for graduate students, who both fall in the neurodiversity spectrum. The grants focus on the talents of students with ADHD and dyslexia in STEM fields. Read the full article.





Fredericton's Shawn Smith Joins $2-Million Project With U.S. University, by Alexandre Silberman

Entrepreneur and neurodiversity consultant Shawn Smith will join UConn's INCLUDE program as a guest lecturer and advisory board member. Read the full article.





'Modern Day X-Men': Discussing the neurodiversity movement

The Daily Campus, by Meghan Shaw

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering welcomed Shawn Smith to the Neurodiversity Fall Discussion Series to kick off the four-part series aimed at bringing the conversation about neurodiversity to the UConn community. Read the full article.

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Engineering A New Learning Environment for Neurodiversity

UConn Today, by Eli Freund

"When it comes to educating the most diverse student pool possible, University of Connecticut Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Head Maria Chrysochoou thinks the system might be broken." Read the full article at UConn Today.

Dr. Chrysochoou delivers a talk at the RED Consortium Meeting

CEE INCLUDE Team Kicks Off $2M NSF Grant

by Connie Syharat

Dr. Maria Chrysochoou delivered a lightning talk highlighting key features of the program, which is aimed at improving the educational experience and learning outcomes for neurodiverse students, changing the way courses are delivered, and building an ecosystem on campus that supports neurodiverse students throughout their college years. Read the full article.

Welcome to "INCLUDE in the classroom," a monthly newsletter for faculty and TAs. This newsletter aims to increase awareness of neurodiversity and enhance teaching and learning to improve outcomes for neurodiverse students.

  December 2020

November 2020