Prof. Ellen Grace M. Funesto
Director, Office of Student Affairs
Please share your most memorable story of kindness and compassion on campus.
My most memorable story of compassion and kindness is how UP Cebu students and also the faculty help those who are in need. Some faculty of UP Cebu offer scholarships and assistance to financially challenged students anonymously—showing that they do not seek recognition but really are there to help. This is also a personal story for me then, as a student. As a government scholar, my stipend would be delayed for several months. Through these trying times however, my classmates were always there, ready to help. I will forever be grateful to these classmates, and will never forget their kindness.
How can UP help students, faculty, and staff deal better with life’s difficult challenges?
One thing that UP can do to help students, faculty, and staff deal better with life’s difficult challenges is to remind their constituents to respect each other. No matter what position a person is in, whether you are the chancellor or a worker, you have to respect everyone. Each person has his or her own aspirations and struggles. Respect them, talk kindly, and listen. This should be practiced by all of UP’s constituents, and then life in the campus can be a little better, and UP might even be a safe haven for everyone.