T&G goes One on One with Becker's executive director for global initiatives

Published on Monday, November 6th, 2017

Debra Pallatto-Fontaine, executive director for global initiatives at Becker College, hails from Eastern Connecticut. She spent 18 years as an elementary school teacher, worked as a licensed school counselor for several years and received a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in curriculum development and instruction.

Ms. Pallatto-Fontaine was a professor of education and department chairman at Assumption College for seven years. Arriving at Becker College 21 years ago, she developed its elementary education program and taught education and psychology courses.

When Becker College launched a global citizenship focus seven years ago, Ms. Pallatto-Fontaine saw it as an extension of global ministries work she had already been doing through her church for more than a decade in South Korea, China and Ghana. She developed a Bachelor of Arts program as well as global learning outcomes that were infused into Becker’s curriculum.

More recently, she directed and managed the Center for Global Citizenship, started a speakers’ series, taught global courses and took students on service trips.

The Yunus Social Business Centre opened in 2016 and is named after Bangladeshi Muhammad Yunus, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance to create economic and social development.

Read the Telegram & Gazette’s full profile here:  http://www.telegram.com/news/20171104/one-on-one-debra-pallatto-fontaine-becker-college-executive-director-for-global-initiatives