Liberal Arts Action Lab Accepting Proposals for Fall 2020 Semester

Pictured below is the Hurricane Maria Project Team. From left to right: Faculty Fellow Sarah Raskin (Trinity College), Community Partner Lydia Herrera from Lilly Sin Barreras, Olivia Painchaud (Trinity College), Maria Martinez (Trinity College), Christian Gardner (Capital Community College), and Action Lab Director Megan Brown. 

The Liberal Arts Action Lab is excited to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the Fall 2020 semester. The deadline to submit is February 28th, 2020.

Got an idea about how to strengthen Hartford? We can help research the problem and offer possible solutions. The Liberal Arts Action Lab invites Hartford community partners to submit a 3-paragraph proposal on a problem or question that you’d like help answering with a team of student and faculty researchers from Capital Community College and Trinity College. After review by the Action Lab, your proposal will publicly appear online to help us match you with interested faculty fellows and students. Any neighborhood group, non-profit organization, government agency, or social entrepreneur, large or small, is encouraged to submit a proposal. We will contact you after the Hartford Resident Advisory Board prioritizes proposals in early March.

Need some inspiration? Here are some questions asked by last semester’s community partners:

  • Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) asked, “How many two- to three- family properties in the South End of Hartford are owned by absentee landlords?”
  • Active City asked, “Who is and is not participating in organized youth sports in Hartford?”
  • CT Coalition to End Homelessness asked, “How can we improve our outreach to schools about the estimated 5,000 youth who are experiencing homelessness in the state?”
  • Lilly Sin Barreras asked, “What went well and what went wrong during the relocation of refugees from Hurricane Maria to Hartford?”

The first step toward solving any problem is to define it. Interested in submitting a proposal? Head to action-lab.org/apply/partners-and-proposals to submit your proposal. For more information, contact the Action Lab Director, Megan Brown, at megan.brown@trincoll.edu.

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