Liliana Polley joined our team this summer as the HMTCA-Trinity Partnership Program Manager. Though new to CHER, Liliana is not new to Trinity. She was a 2021 IDP graduate and is now pursuing a master’s in public policy at Trinity. She serves on the executive committee of the Trinity College Alumni Association and has previously worked with Professor Serena Laws as site coordinator of the VITA clinic at Trinfo.
What is your current position at Trinity, and what are you most looking forward to in this role?
I am the new HMTCA-Trinity College Partnership Program Manager. I have always been passionate about building community, and this was the perfect opportunity to help the college strengthen the partnership between the two institutions. I look forward to fostering a strong relationship between HMTCA and Trinity and engaging both institutions in meaningful ways. I would love for the partnership to be a model other institutions could use to create new connections with high school students.
What past connection do you have with Trinity?
I am a proud Trinity College graduate, IDP’21. I was always very involved as an IDP student at Trinity; I am also a member of the Trinity College Alumni Association Executive Committee and a Public Policy Master’s degree candidate at Trinity. Trinity has been a part of my life for the past five years, and I have a strong connection to the college and to what it represents.
What made you want to take this role?
The importance of this partnership. I believe in the potential of the two institutions working together and striving for a cooperative effort between the two institutions. I am also passionate about education and the opportunities it creates, and I am excited about being able to provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for Trinity and HMTCA students.
What are your favorite books or podcasts?
I like to listen to Planet Money, Runner’s World, and Active Travel Adventures. My favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author and 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature Gabriel García Márquez.
What are your interests and passions?
Wow, I have many. I love running, traveling, dancing, gardening, hiking, and exploring new restaurants with my friends, and I am learning to play golf and tennis. I am most happy when I am with my family.
What is your favorite place in Hartford?
I love Bushnell Park. I enjoy the summer concerts; however, I want to explore Hartford more and discover everything the city has to offer.
What is your favorite place in the world?
My patio. I live on a mountain, and being surrounded by nature, my cats, my family, and friends is my ultimate happy place.