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La Voz Latina Art Contest 2017: Open to Hartford-area students

La Voz Latina, a Trinity College student-led organization, calls for art projects from Hartford-area students, specifically art forms, physical or digital, representing Hispanic/Latinx cultures. To enter, e-mail The deadline is November 1, 2017. All art will be displayed.

La Voz Latina is a club open to all students interested in Hispanic cultures. The purpose of La Voz Latina is to increase the awareness of Latin American culture, politics and social issues in the Trinity community. It has a commitment with the Latino community of Hartford in bringing what they can offer to Trinity and its Latino students. Along with other organizations, La Voz Latina provides social and cultural programming needed in the Trinity Community.

Written All Over My Face: A Talk With Dr. Daren Graves

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Join us for a light dinner and a talk with Dr. Daren Graves who will share his story entitled, “Written All Over My Face: A Black Man’s Toll of Teaching White Students About Racism”. The story is featured as a chapter in the recent volume, Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice.

When: Wednesday, June 7 @ 6 p.m.

Where (New location!): Hallden Hall, Dangremond Family Commons, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

(Building # 18 & 19 on campus map)

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Who: Open to the public.

Let us know you are coming! (RSVP on the form below)


About Daren Graves (from Harvard Graduate School of Education):

Daren Graves is currently the director of the Urban Master’s Program at Simmons College. As a teacher educator, he is committed to preparing teachers who see urban youth as assets in the teaching and learning process. His research interest involves the interplay of school culture and racial identity on the academic performance of Black adolescents. Graves’ research has given him an understanding of the issues that Boston-area youth face inside and outside of their school environments. Graves previously served as Assistant Director at Simmons College Upward Bound in Boston, where he helped coordinate the academic and college preparation components of this federally funded after-school and summer program.

About the book (from Routledge):

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Confronting Racism in Teacher Education aims to transform systematic and persistent racism through in-depth analyses of racial justice struggles and strategies in teacher education. By bringing together counternarratives of critical teacher educators, the editors of this volume present key insights from both individual and collective experiences of advancing racial justice. Written for teacher educators, higher education administrators, policy makers, and others concerned with issues of race, the book is comprised of four parts that each represent a distinct perspective on the struggle for racial justice: contributors reflect on their experiences working as educators of Color to transform the culture of predominately White institutions, navigating the challenges of whiteness within teacher education, building transformational bridges within classrooms, and training current and inservice teachers through concrete models of racial justice. By bringing together these often individualized experiences, Confronting Racism in Teacher Education reveals larger patterns that emerge of institutional racism in teacher education, and the strategies that can inspire resistance.




LEARN Disability Summit for Parents, Caregivers, and Educators – March 11, 2017 at Mohegan Sun Convention Center

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The Disability Summit will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center from 10:00am-4:00pm. This event is free and open to all families/caregivers of children with disabilities, students, and professionals who support students with disabilities from birth to age 21.

The event will connect families and educators with state and community resources by hosting 70 community organizations and breakout workshop sessions on informative topics. Workshop sessions include topics such as “Respite Care 101,” “Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Home,” “Transition 101,” “Lighten Up: Student Panel Talking About Life with a Disability.”

All event attendees will receive a free Materials Bag with information and free giveaways. We are seeking to attract 700 attendees! Please visit our website for more info/directions to the Mohegan Sun Convention Center.

Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Upcoming Information Sessions 2017



The Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy is an interdistrict magnet school located at Hartford’s Learning Corridor (53 Vernon Street, Hartford, CT, 06106) which is adjacent to Trinity College. The middle and high school enroll students from grades 6-12. The school features a unique partnership with Trinity College that includes programs between the two schools. Learn more about the school at the following information sessions:

December 7 @ 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 28 @ 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 4 @ 9:00 a.m.

Monday, February 13 @ 6:30 p.m.

HMTCA Twitter:

HMTCA Facebook page here.

CT Parent Power – 4th Annual Red Carpet Hero Award Gala on Friday, September 16, @ 6 pm

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What: Connecticut Parent Power – 4th annual “Red Carpet Hero Award Gala”

When: Friday, September 16, 2016, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT. Get directions here.

Contact: Marilyn Calderon at (203) 980-8511 or if you have any questions.

Buy a ticket using this form.

Become a sponsor using this form.


Connecticut Parent Power invites you to partner with us in honoring heroes for our 4th annual “Red Carpet Hero Award Gala” our honorees for the evening are exemplary parent and professional leaders from across the state that are extra-ordinary people who lead with integrity and unwavering commitment to co-create a world, not as it is, but as it should be: “equitable for all!” The honorees will be lifted up with a heartfelt recognition award that our statewide parent led organization has nominated them for their commitment to building foundational strengths in our communities for all children, parents and their families

This fourth annual event is an opportunity to help support our statewide co-created vision entitled: ALL-IN CT Equity4Change that fosters engagement, education, and mobilization of diverse parents and partners who are passionate about children’s preventive issues to gain the knowledge on what is happening at the local and statewide levels to make informed decision by developing and maintaining linkages with stakeholders who work hand in hand to find solution based thinking and action steps to end poverty and racism with better health, safety, equity and wellness for all children through collective action.

Connecticut Parent Power (CTPP), established in 2001, is one of the state’s largest parent volunteer organizations. CTPP focuses on local, state and global affairs with issues that include, but are not limited to early childhood, (cradle to career) education Pre-K thru 12th grade school systems, immigration/racial/equity/economic security and health care reform.

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Puerto Rico New England Summit Saturday, September 17, 2016, @Holyoke (Mass) High School

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What: Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans New England will bring together key members of the Puerto Rican diaspora in New England and their allies to examine and gain a broader understanding of how the economic, fiscal, and unfolding humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico has impacted the stateside Puerto Rican community. This event is free for all and open to students as well!

When: September 17, 2016 at 8:30am – 5:30pm. The summit will start with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St, Holyoke, MA 01040, United States, Google map and directions
Learn more here.




Mayor Alex B. Morse, City of Holyoke

Betty Medina Lichtenstein, Executive Director, Enlace de Familias, Inc.


Dr. Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies


Moderator: Joe Rodríguez, Deputy State Director, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

Ruth Santiago, Esq., Legal Counsel, El Puente Puerto Rico

Dennis Rivera, Unidos Por La Salud

Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, Project Director, Media Diversity Initiatives for the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Washington, D.C.

11:00 – 11:15 A.M. COFFEE BREAK

11:15 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. CONCURRENT PANELS

1. Education (bilingual ed/dual language)

Moderator: Dr. Eileen de los Reyes, former Assistant Superintendent for ELLs, Boston Public Schools

Robert Cotto, Jr.,  former Senior Policy Fellow in K-12 Education, CT Voices for Children

Dr. Arlene Rodríguez, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Springfield Technical Community College

Dr. Sonia Correa Pope, School Principal, Holyoke Community Charter School  

Dr. Lorna Rivera, Director, Latino Studies, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Anna Lugo, Director of English Language Education, Holyoke Public Schools

2. Health Disparities and Community Strategies

Moderator: Dr. María Idalí Torres, Director, Gastón Institute, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Margarita R. O’Neill-Arana, Ed.D., Director of Clinical Training, Union Institute & University

Sofia Segura-Pérez, Associate Director, Community Nutrition, Hispanic Health Council- Hartford, CT

Milagros Rosal, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Worcester

3. Political Representation in New England

Moderator: Lourdes Montalvo, Director of Constituent Services, Connecticut Secretary of the State

Jossie Valentin, City Councilor Ward 4, Holyoke, MA

Luis Aponte, City Council President, Providence, Rhode Island

Minnie González, State Representative, Majority Whip at Large, Hartford, CT

Carlos González, Springfield State Representative

Adam Gómez, City Councilor Ward 1, Springfield, MA

4. Economic Development

Moderator: Dr. Ramón Borges-Mendez, Community Development and Planning, Clark University

Juan Vega, Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Office of Housing and Economic Development

Sheyla Rivera, Artistic Director, AS220

Marcos Marrero, Director, Planning and Economic Development, City of Holyoke, MA

Taino Palermo, Ed.D., Program Director, Community Development, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

5. Media 

Moderator: José Massó, ¡Con Salsa! Radio

Vanessa Pabón, Community Engagement Director, WGBY-PBS-Western NE

Norma Rodriguez-Reyes, La Voz Hispana de CT

Natalia Muñoz, Verdant Multicultural Media, Northampton, MA

Manuel Frau-Ramos, El Sol Latino, Amherst, MA

12:30 P.M. LUNCH


Moderator: Nilda Ruiz, President and CEO, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc.

Yanil Terón, Executive Director, Center for Latino Progress (CT)

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Chief Executive Officer, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

Natascha Otero-Santiago, ParrandaPR



Moderator: Nelson Roman, City Councilor Ward 2, Holyoke, MA

Amaad Rivera, former City Councilor, Springfield, MA

Jennifer Lynn Vélez, Trans Pioneer, Holyoke, MA

Myriam Quinoñes, Holyoke Community College

2. Youth

Moderator: Alejandro Manzanares, Stand UP for Puerto Rico

Jafet Robles, Community Organizer

Cristy Marrero, Editorial Vice President, Hello & Hola Media, Inc., New York, NY

Melinda González, El Puente, Brooklyn, NY & BombaYo, New York, NY

Roslyn Sotero, Director, LACE Youth Program, and El Centro Cultural, Waterbury, CT

3. Engagement and Faith Based Communities

Moderator: Dr. Efraín Agosto, New York Theological Seminary

Reverend Dr. Damaris Whittaker, Center Church; The First Church of Christ in Hartford

Pastora Adaliz Díaz, Restoration Worship Center, Springfield, MA

4. Cultural Activism and Historical Preservation

Moderator: Juan González, Esq., San Juan Bautista Parade, Inc.   

Lucila Santana, Springfield PR Parade & PR Cultural Project, Holyoke Public Library

Rafael Zapata, Rhode Island Latino Arts

Lydia Perez, Yoruba II, PR Institute for Arts and Advocacy, Rhode Island

Ana Valentin-Jackson, The Connecticut Institute for Community Development-Puerto Rican Parade Committee (CICD)- Hartford Chapter

5. Veterans 

Moderator: Dr. Harry Franqui, former researcher, Centro  

Sergeant Gumersindo Gómez, Executive Director, Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Mass. Inc.

Lieutenant Colonel Lesbia Nieves, Connecticut National Guard

Sergeant Jorge Pagan, Boston, MA

Vietnam Veterans of America National Service Officer Wilfredo Meléndez, Veteran’s Agent and Deputy Director for the City of Holyoke, MA Veterans Services Department



Dr. Edwin Meléndez, Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies and Betty Medina Lichtenstein, Executive Director, Enlace de Familias, Inc.



Separate and Unequal: How Do We Achieve Equity in Education? Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Stowe Center

Separate and Unequal: How Do We Achieve Equity in Education?

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Though it has been more than 60 years since the Brown v. Board of Education decision ordered schools to desegregate, our educational institutions are still separate and unequal.

How do we create equity in education? How do we ensure everyone has the resources to succeed? 

Join the conversation with featured guests Jose Colon, Hartford Public High School and Robert Cotto, Trinity College and Hartford Board of Education.

When: September 22, 2016 – 5:30 – 6 PM Refreshments and 6 – 7:30 PM Discussion

Where:  Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Salons at Stowe (web site)

Cost: Free Event

Reservations or 860-522-9258, x317.


What happens at a Salon?

Since 2008, the Stowe Center has brought community members together for Salons at Stowe, spirited discussions of contemporary issues to foster engagement and community action.

Salon admission is FREE thanks to our members, donors and CT Department of Economic & Community Development; CT Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Trust; Greater Hartford Arts Council; Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; The Hartford; Lincoln Financial Foundation; and Travelers Foundation.