Liberal Arts Action Lab

Tackling Real-World Problems Through a Liberal Arts Lens​


A signature program at 10 Constitution Plaza will be the Liberal Arts Action Lab (LAAL), which brings together faculty and students from Trinity College and Capital Community College​ to collaborate in researching and addressing local challenges using a liberal arts lens to solve real-world problems.  

The LAAL collaboration brings together teams of students, faculty, and Hartford community partners in order to strengthen the city, spark social innovation, and support civic engagement. Project-based teams work together on real-world problems posed by community partners to:
  • Research questions and develop possible solutions,
  • Share stories and findings more widely with digital tools, 
  • Develop strategies to help partners become more sustainable​
Through a matchmaking process, teams typically include a Hartford community partner (broadly defined as neighborhood groups, non-profit organizations, government agencies, social entrepreneurs, etc.), a faculty fellow, and four student researchers from Capital Community College and Trinity College. Each semester, about 20 students will earn academic credit for both their team project and the Action Lab course, taught by the Action Lab Director. 

Beginning in September 2017, the Action Lab welcomes one-page proposals from prospective Hartford community partners for our inaugural project teams, who will begin work in January 2018 at our downtown campus, 10 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut. Learn more at the LAAL website​