Pictured above is the Fall 2019 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 former Action Lab Director Megan Brown.
The Liberal Arts Action Lab is excited to announce we are now accepting proposals for the fall semester. The submission deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021.
Hartford community partners*: Need help exploring an important research question?
The Liberal Arts Action Lab invites Hartford community partners to submit a 3-paragraph proposal on a question you’d like help answering with a team of student and faculty researchers from Capital Community College and Trinity College. Examples of past projects are below and on our website here.
After the review process is conducted by the Hartford Resident Advisory Board, your proposal will appear publicly online to help us match you with interested faculty fellows and students.
If your submission is selected, a representative of your group must be available to meet with the Lab team at least once a month from September to December 2021 (either Tues., Wed., or Thurs. afternoons, or Tues. or Wed. evenings) either remotely or in-person, if pandemic conditions allow.
We will contact you after the Hartford Resident Advisory Board prioritizes proposals in early March.
Need some help brainstorming? Here are some questions asked by community partners from previous semesters:
- Hartford Heritage Project and Hartford History Center asked, “How can we raise awareness about the Talcott Street Congregational Church, the first Black Congregational Church in Hartford and third in the nation?”
- Lilly Sin Barreras asked, “What intervention methods were most and least effective when relocating refugees from Puerto Rico to Hartford after Hurricane Maria?
- Yale School of Public Health: Arch Lab asked, “How do community health workers improve health outcomes for people living with HIV?”
- Hartford Performs asked, “How can we enhance arts education in Hartford Public Schools?”
- Inter Community Health Care asked, “What are the best treatment models for addiction?”
- The City of Hartford Office of Community Engagement asked, “How can we strengthen communication between residents and the city?”
The first step toward answering any question is to ask it. Interested in submitting a proposal? Head to action-lab.org/apply/partners-and-proposals. For more information, contact the Action Lab Communications and Program Assistant, Morgan Finn, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* We broadly define community partners as neighborhood groups, non-profit organizations, government agencies, social entrepreneurs, etc.