Professional Staff

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Director for the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement
Phone: (860) 297-4256  Email:

Joe Barber has worked at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut for fifteen years and has been the Director of the Trinity College Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement for the past eight years.  Prior to his employment at Trinity, Joe worked as an environmental organizer on an urban water quality project with the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group. Joe attended the University of Connecticut where he received an MPA, graduating top of his class, and a BA in Sociology, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to his work at Trinity, Joe is involved with transportation, neighborhood revitalization and community economic development issues.  Among his current activities, Joe is the co-chair of Hartford 2000, a coalition of all of Hartford’s Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (NRZs), a member of the North Frog Hollow NRZ Committee, and serves on the board of 1000 Friends of Connecticut, a statewide smart growth education and advocacy organization.

  • Quote: "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!" – Emma Goldman
  • Favorite Movies: Office Space, Casablanca, American Beauty, and Annie Hall
  • Favorite Books: Grapes of Wrath, Brave New World, The World According to Garp, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Hobbies/Interests: running, reading, community activism, Hartford and Connecticut history!

Giuliani Lopez


Graduate Assistant for the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement
Phone: (860) 297-2383  Email:

Giuliani Lopez graduated from Trinity College in 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Minor in Community Action. In Fall 2011 he will begin his Master's Degree in Trinity's Public Policy Studies program. While at Trinity, Giuliani participated and led several groups including Green Campus, ConnPIRG and the TREEHouse. He is also the founder and creator of Trinity College's student run thrift shop, The Coop. Giuliani's tenure in the Community Service Office began in June of 2011 where he serves as an advisor to a variety of students-run organizations including the Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and F.A.C.E.S. (Friends Active in Civic Engagement & Service).

  • Quote: “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” -Sir Winston Churchill
  • Favorite Movie: Drunken Master
  • Favorite Books: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Outliers, and Ender's Game
  • Hobbies/Interests: biking, video gaming, arts and crafts, movies, and talking!


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Program Coordinator for the Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (AMP)-in partnership with Trinity College and Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA).
Phone: (860) 297-2160  Email:   

To learn more about AMP, please visit the following site: Jones Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program

Stacey Lopez graduated from Trinity College in 2011 with a major in Educational Studies and a minor in Community Action Studies. Within her first semester at Trinity, she became an A.M.P. (Academic Mentoring Program) mentor at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA). Almost six years later, Stacey still remains in contact with her mentee who is currently in college! She now supports current AMP mentees and Trinity College mentors in developing positive mentoring relationships. During her undergraduate career, she  integrated her academic interests in education with various internship, volunteer and work experiences around the city.  Stacey has taught bilingual computer classes for immigrant adults in the public library; taught an after-school food justice club for middle school girls; planted potatoes and other wonderful veggies in Hartford's urban gardens (many of them close to campus!); and completed research for an arts program serving children with incarcerated parents. She is a current board member of the Judy Dworing Performance Project (JDPP) in Hartford, CT.

  • Favorite Quote: "If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come here
    because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." -Lilla Watson
  • Favorite Movies: Hook, Escape from Alcatraz, and Frida
  • Favorite Books: The God of Small Things, Borderlands/La Frontera, and The People Who Hugged the Trees
  • Hobbies/Interests: youth leadership and community engagement, cooking, urban agriculture, Hartford restaurant adventures, hiking in CT state parks!

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ESF-Dream Camp Program Coordinator at Trinity College
Phone: (860) 987-6209  Email: 

Matthew Proffitt joined the Community Service Office in September 2012 and has worked for ESF-Dream Camp for the past three years. As Program Coordinator, he helps more than 300 Hartford children take part in the free summer program, which Trinity has hosted since 1998. ESF Summer Camps are staffed by counselors who are local teachers or college students. Children aged 6 to 9 participate in Dream Camp's activities such as arts and crafts, games, swimming, science, geography, dance, storytelling and skits. During the school year, Matthew oversees ESF- Dream Camp's after- school enrichment program and enrichment activities, in which Trinity students volunteer as tutors and mentors.