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Leadership Development Interns

The Leadership Development Interns are integral to the implementation of the mission of the Office of Student Engagement. The mission is to introduce both first-year and transfer undergraduate students to the developmental resources, unique opportunities, and engaging experiences afforded them while attending Fairfield University.

The Interns are charged with the responsibility of co-coordinating these programs. They are exceptional role models to new student leaders and to new students at Fairfield University. The Interns are educators; a cohesive team made up of ethical leaders, and role models exhibiting healthy team dynamics and a strong level of commitment and dedication to the transition of new students to the University.

Jared DiPietro

Rising Junior

Learn More About Jared
Jared DiPietro is a rising junior from Weymouth, Massachusetts. He is a majoring in marketing and minoring in management. Along with his role in the Office of Student Engagement, Jared is involved with ski and snowboard club, intramural volleyball, and is a student representative for the university’s Peer Conduct Board. He is also involved in the Ignatian Leadership Residential College. Jared’s favorite part about Fairfield is the tight-knit community that all the students and faculty share.

Grace Colalillo

Rising Junior

Learn More About Grace
Grace Colalillo is a rising junior from Stockton, New Jersey. She is a business management major with a concentration in human resources and a psychology minor. On campus, she is involved in a variety of organizations and holds leadership positions such as the Global Development Intern for the New Student Leader program and the head programmer for her Residence Hall Association. Grace’s favorite part of Fairfield is the endless support that faculty and staff offer students as we embark on our college journey.

New Student Leaders (NSL)

New Student Leaders (NSL) play a vital role in the transition of new students and their families to Fairfield University during New Student Orientation in June, Fall Welcome in August, and the First Year Experience program. They are responsible for conveying information about the University's Jesuit values and institutional mission as well as its unique culture, traditions, and community.

Furthermore, NSLs assist first-year students in meeting their educational, interpersonal, spiritual, and social needs relative to their first year at Fairfield University by co-facilitating (with a Community Associate) the FYE seminar and serving as a mentor to new students throughout the academic year. NSLs engage first-year students in dialogues relating to their first year at Fairfield University, such as academic planning, time management, roommate conflicts, hookup culture, financial literacy, global citizenship, campus culture, etc. all within the contexts of the Jesuit values. The NSL is a role model committed to mentorship, academic excellence, community engagement, and student involvement.

Community Associates (CAs)

CAs work closely with the Office of Student Engagement and a New Student Leader (NSL) to assist first-year students in meeting their educational, interpersonal, spiritual, and social needs during their first year at Fairfield University. The CA co-facilitates (with a New Student Leader) the FYE seminar as well as serve as a resource for students in their transition to Fairfield.

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