Meet The Team!
Yuna Dai is a Chinese student in her senior year at Trinity College. She majors in Art History and minors in Rhetoric, Communication, and Media Studies. With a full passion for museum studies, she hopes to do more to contribute to the Hartford community.
Kendall is a sophomore studying Art History at Trinity College. She also enjoys studying literature and film and is currently learning Italian with hopes to study in Rome. Outside of class, she volunteers with Trinity’s Homelessness Project, at Cinestudio, the college’s independent movie theater, and with an art class at the CREC Montessori School in Frog Hollow. She lives in Manchester, Vermont, where she enjoys skiing, spending time with loved ones, and her part-time job at a local donut shop.
Jacob is a Capital Community College student working towards a History Studies A.A. He plans on doing some journalism, research, and starting a business. A goal for the near future is to transfer into a 4-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree. He enjoys both good media and getting outside for activities such as basketball, soccer, and hitting the slopes! He hopes to start taking drum lessons next semester.
Joe He is a junior at Trinity College, majoring in educational studies with a concentration in multicultural education. He enjoys biking, skiing, and independent video games. Joe’s favorite food is Ramen. His knowledge of education has added a valuable perspective to our research.
Joy Lee is a History major at Capital Community College. She has a passion for museums, history, and specifically, history through the lenses of gender, race, and sexuality. She plans on furthering her education in history and law. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Ericka Salazar is majoring in Architecture at Capital Community College. Her interest in architecture began when she realized it’s a creative field where one can make plenty of models, play with form and functions, visit multiple places and learn so many things at the same time. Ericka spends her spare time cooking for her family and listening to podcasts.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura Minor
Dr. Laura Minor is the interim director of the Liberal Arts Action Lab and the Faculty Advisor for the inclusive museum project. She is passionate about reciprocal learning partnerships between students and community organizations and seeing young people experience learning in “high-impact contexts”.
Action Lab Fellow: Dr. Amanda Guzman
Amanda Guzmán is an assistant professor of anthropology at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She received her Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley. Amanda specializes in the field of museum anthropology with a focus on the history of collecting and exhibiting Puerto Rico at the intersection of issues of intercultural representation and national identity formation.
Her writing has been featured in Museum Anthropology and Sapiens as well as through blogs with the Digital Library Federation and the University of the West Indies Museum. Amanda’s research has been supported by Smithsonian Fellowships from the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of Natural History.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Pre-Columbian Society of New York, as an Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship Mentor for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and a Bronx Council on the Arts grant panelist.