“Felicia is a role model both inside and outside of the classroom, said Erica DeFrancesco, clinical associate professor of occupational therapy. “She enhances the classroom experience with the rich insights she offers. She has held several leadership roles over the years; in addition to official titles she has held, she is the epitome of a servant leader.”
The importance Quinnipiac places on the academic environment helped her succeed in the classroom, Duch said.
Being a leader in her field means being an advocate for ways occupational therapy can create positive outcomes in new and different groups of people — such as the homeless community and the currently or formerly incarcerated. She sees her Quinnipiac education as teaching her to challenge the status quo and to see these new possibilities where others may not.
“Quinnipiac has provided me with a holistic education,” she said.
Duch has taken classes in such subjects as criminal law, eco-fashion, U.S. history and even a rocks and ropes course.