In the Liberal Arts Action Lab, Hartford community partners propose semester-long research projects to pursue in collaboration with student and faculty teams from Trinity College and Capital Community College.

Located at Trinity’s downtown campus at 1 Constitution Plaza, students in the Action Lab enroll in two courses to learn research skills and digital tools while working with their partner organizations. Learn more about how to get involved and view past projects below.


Community Partners

We welcome proposals from Hartford community partners seeking to explore important research questions in collaboration with Capital Community College and Trinity College students and faculty. Proposals are accepted twice a year – in August-September for the spring semester and January-February for the fall semester.



Each semester, students apply to join Action Lab project teams and enroll in two courses to learn research skills and digital tools while collaborating with community partner organizations. Applications typically take place in October for the spring semester and March for the fall semester. Trinity and Capital students will receive an email with details each semester.



Faculty fellows support a team of student researchers in their semester-long projects. The Action Lab’s director is the lead instructor for the students and each project team also works with a faculty fellow who provides additional substantive or methodological expertise. Applications are open to full-time or part-time faculty, advanced graduate students, or staff with subject or method expertise.


Past Project Highlights

More than two dozen community-engaged research project have been completed by student teams in the Liberal Arts Action Lab since the program began in 2018.

Laura Minor (she/her)
Director of CHER Academic Programs, Director of the Liberal Arts Action Lab and Lecturer Public Policy and Law
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Ozlem Atalay (they/them)
Coordinator, Liberal Arts Action Lab and Lecturer, Public Policy and Law
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Jeff Partridge (he/him)
Liberal Arts Action Lab Faculty Director, Connecticut State Community College Capital
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