About us

Left to right: Jake McPhail, Aliya Prosser, Anna Grant-Bolton, Selina Deng, Maria Vicuña, Reina Wisdom

Jake McPhail is a third-year student at Trinity College studying History and Political Science. Native to Connecticut, he is passionate about ameliorating some of the struggles unique to his state and is eager to collaborate with the BGCH to develop and expand their curriculum of culturally responsive activities.

Aliya Prosser is a sophomore at Trinity College pursuing an undergraduate degree in Political Science. Born and raised in Milford, Connecticut, she is driven by social justice concepts and community action, and is thrilled to explore positive interventions surrounding diversity and equity with youth at the BGCH. 

Anna Grant-Bolton is a second-year student at Trinity College studying human rights and public policy and law with a minor in community action. She is passionate about the intersection of racial, economic, and gender justice and is excited to collaborate with the BGCH to build upon their culturally responsive curriculum.

Selina Deng is a sophomore at Trinity College majoring in biology with a minor in music. Outside of the academic setting, she tutors for Connectikids and is passionate about improving education in a majority minority environment. She is very excited to work with BGCH and make a lasting impact on the kids in Hartford. 

Maria Vicuña is a junior majoring in Educational Studies at Trinity College. Born and raised in Hartford, Maria loves engaging with her community and working with youth. She is currently an intern at Hartford Youth Scholars working with youth in grades 6-8 and was a teacher this past summer for children in grades K-2 for the Adventures in the City Freedom School.

Reina Wisdom is a first year student at Capital Community College she is studying to become a registered nurse. She was born and raised in Jamaica where she went to a previous university studying Hospitality and tourism management. She works at Amazon in the warehouse and she loves cooking, kids and playing sports.

About the Liberal Arts Action Lab 

The Action Lab allows students to sharpen their research skills and digital tools while collaborating with local organizations to strengthen the city and its roles, spark social innovation, and support civic engagement and sustainability. 

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