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Liberal Arts Action Lab posted by Lori Reynolds

Liberal Arts Action Lab Researches Youth Diversity, Small Businesses, and Inclusive Museums

This past fall semester, the Liberal Arts Action Lab welcomed new community partners, an interim director, and a postdoctoral fellow. The new energy contributed to the Action Lab's continued work, where Trinity and Capital Community College students partake in an Action Research Methods in Hartford course (LAAL 200) and a Hartford Research Project (LAAL 201) each semester. Professor Atalay taught Action Research Methods in Hartford and led one of the three Hartford research projects. Professor Minor led the other two projects. Each team worked with a community partner who posed a pressing question about the city.

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Liberal Arts Action Lab posted by Aliyah Freeman-Johnson

Studying Black Heritage in the Liberal Arts Action Lab

In spring 2020, the Black Heritage Project at the Liberal Arts Action Lab (LAAL) took on the task of investigating and telling the story of the historic Talcott Street Congregational Church. The church was the first Black church and school in Hartford and was home to prominent abolitionists, notably the Reverend James W.C. Pennington, who led the church in the 1840s and 50s. I participated in the project as a student at Capital Community College (CCC).

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Liberal Arts Action Lab posted by Sara Johnson '23

Research for Impact with ConnectiKids at the Liberal Arts Action Lab

In fall 2021, when I saw the opportunity to collaborate with a youth service organization in the Liberal Arts Action Lab, I knew I had to apply. I ended up working on the Positive Youth Development Project with ConnectiKids this past spring, where I participated in conducting research on the organization’s long-term impact. The project fit my academic interest in public service and education and allowed me to learn about research methods and collaboration. Our work also had a direct impact on our community partners at ConnectiKids, who have since used our deliverables in their internal reporting and communications.

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Liberal Arts Action Lab posted

Liberal Arts Action Lab Students Present Four Community Engaged Research Projects

Four teams of students collaborated on projects with community partners in the Liberal Arts Action Lab this fall. The students enrolled in two courses – one on community engaged research methods and one specific to their research project. Each project team used the research method skills they learned to answer a research question posed by four Hartford community partners.

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Liberal Arts Action Lab posted

Meet the Team with Emily and Camilo

In July, Dr. Emily Cummins joined us as the Liberal Arts Action Lab's new director. Dr. Camilo Ruiz Sanchez also joined the Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Learn more about Emily and Camilo in this blog.

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Liberal Arts Action Lab posted by Gabby Nelson

CHER Shoutout: Shanelle Morris ’16

Shanelle is the program director of the Grow Hartford Youth Program at Hartford Food System. She is the community partner for the Liberal Arts Action Lab project on school nutrition this spring.