Students

Students from Capital Community College and Trinity College are welcome to list up to 5 preferences for project proposals by March 26, 2018. The Action Lab will inform students if they have been matched to a project team by early April, before pre-registration for the Fall 2018 semester. Listen to Action Lab students and faculty describe how they learn with Hartford community partners.

Students must be available to enroll in two Action Lab courses: LAAL 200 Action Research Methods in Hartford (for all students on Monday afternoons, around 1-4pm) and an LAAL 201 Hartford Research Project team (6 students, meets either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons, around 1-4pm, or Wednesday evenings, around 6:30-9:10pm). Both will be taught by the Action Lab Director at our downtown campus, and successful students will earn 2 Trinity credits or 6 CCC credits. Contact us if you have questions about the application process.

Need guidance on how to choose a project? Read the brief descriptions and note down the ones that capture your interest. Rank your top choices in the online application form.

Don’t rule a project out because you don’t know how to do the work that is described. You will receive instruction and guidance—that’s why you are taking these courses!

Brief Project Descriptions for Fall 2018:

See full descriptions and links to community partners at bottom of this page.

Traffic Safety: Hartford has a high rate of road crashes and crashes with injuries, and we need to find ways to make our roads safer.  In this project, students will learn how to plan and conduct observations of traffic in intersections, analyze the data that they collect, and make specific recommendations to policymakers and community organizations to reduce the number and severity of crashes.  

Food Stories Project: Complicated, arcane policy decisions significantly affect the food we eat, but they are difficult to understand. In this project, students will learn about the state-specific policies that shape our food system, and complete a digital storytelling project that uses personal narratives about food – “food stories” – to illustrate the importance of the policies that shape how and what we eat.

Opportunity Youth Project: In Hartford, there are 6,000 youth between the ages of 16-24 who are neither in school nor working. In this project students will learn about the many agencies that serve these youth and work to develop a comprehensive data repository including data from 15-20 organizations that currently do not report data to the Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative. In addition to collecting and analyzing the data to better understand Hartford’s Opportunity Youth, the students will design a survey to find out how the data can be useful to the many organizations that work with these youth.

Home Ownership Project: The homeownership rate in Hartford hovers around 23%. Many low income Hartford residents, especially people of color, have difficulty accessing financing that would allow them to build equity through real estate investment. In this project, students would research the programs that currently exist to encourage home ownership in the city, and investigate the real estate financing landscape to determine what gaps exist. Ultimately, students will answer the question “How do we develop tools to build equity in real estate for low wage earners in Hartford, specifically people of color?”

Sustainable Food Project: The Hartford Office of Sustainability is interested in promoting local food to Hartford residents. In this project, students would learn about local food sources and compare the carbon emissions and costs associated with local vs. non-local food. Students will create an index of local food sources and create marketing materials that promote local foods to residents.

15 Dollar Project: Students will learn about the $15 wage movement and explanations for why some employers in low-wage industries pay $15 starting wages. Then, working with Immanuel Congregational Church, students will identify employers in Hartford that choose to pay $15 an hour, even in low-wage industries, collecting testimonials and creating a website to tell their stories.

For more information about the projects, see the full proposals below the application form.

Full Proposals and Preferences: