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The Center for Hartford Engagement and Research would like to congratulate Tiana Starks ‘21 on being named a Campus Compact 2020-21 Newman Civic Fellow!

The CHER team recommended Tiana, a Sociology major and Community Action minor, for the leadership and civic engagement she has demonstrated in her coursework in the Liberal Arts Action Lab, various Community Learning Courses, as Community Service Chair of the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization (T.C.B.W.O.), an Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps member, a student worker at Trinfo Café, a Community Action mentor, and so much more. 

Tiana Starks, a third-year student at Trinity College, is committed to addressing issues of equity and justice for young people, particularly in educational spaces. And as a Hartford native, she is passionate about connecting the city where she grew up with the college she now attends. Over the last three years, she has worked closely with community partners on summer learning loss and racial equity; with faculty on projects related to the school to prison pipeline and human rights through music and performance; and in the Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps to provide more teacher awareness of trauma and mental health issues within the public school system. Beyond these projects, she is a leader in the Trinity community as the Community Service Chair for the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization; a participant and mentor for the Community Action Gateway program; and Lead Front Desk Ambassador at the Center for Student Success and Career Development. Across all of these projects and activities, she prioritizes the needs of Hartford youth, working to enhance educational justice and equity across the city.” –Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney

Tiana has been a student leader deeply committed to social change during her time at Trinity. Her interest in social justice began in high school when she began to pay attention to issues around educational equity, and she has continued to study these issues in her classes and community-based research projects. She has also shown her passion for connecting Hartford high school students with Trinity’s campus and was recently named one of Trinity’s “50 for the Next 50,” a group of 50 women who will have a lasting impact on the college for the next 50 years.

As a first generation student at Trinity from Hartford, I have both specific knowledge of issues that need to be addressed in the city and a strong desire to connect every aspect of my education with community work… By combining all aspects of my college career with community engagement, I’m able to begin addressing the issues that I saw as a student so that others have more opportunities for an equitable and just education.” – Tiana Starks ‘21

Congratulations again to Tiana! You have been a force at Trinity in growing new leaders both on and off campus, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds.

View Tiana’s profile on the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows page here.

 

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