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Community Service

The Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER) at Trinity College congratulates Beatrice Alicea on her promotion to Assistant Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement, effective July 1st, 2019. Beatrice initially began working at Trinity in January 2017 as the Program Manager for the Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program (JZ-AMP), in collaboration with Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. In her new role as Assistant Director, she will spend half of her time training Trinity students to plan and operate youth mentoring programs, and the other half on student leadership development for community engagement programs. Each year, about 25 percent of matriculated Trinity undergraduates participate in student-led co-curricular programs through the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement. 

Beatrice grew up in Hartford and East Hartford, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Joseph, and her Master’s of Social Work (with a concentration in Community Organizing) from the University of Connecticut in Hartford. Prior to Trinity, she worked with a range of other organizations in the city, including the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Compass Youth Collaborative.

“I strongly identify as a Latina and I am a first generation college graduate,” she explained in a recent CHER newsletter. “I take pride in these identifiers because it has shaped who I am, and has allowed me to connect with the students I’ve worked with in the Hartford school system.”

“For the past two and a half years, Beatrice has been an able and competent leader of J-Z AMP,” said Joe Barber, Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement. “Therefore, we are quite pleased that she has chosen to take on this new role. By applying the fuller range of her considerable knowledge, skills, and talents, Beatrice will play an important role in strengthening and growing a number of Trinity’s ongoing community engagement efforts.”

CHER Director Jack Dougherty added that “we look forward to the ideas, energy, and initiative that Beatrice brings to our community engagement team.” Contact information for all members of the CHER staff is available at