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About Community Outreach


Our Mission

Community Outreach’s mission is to enrich learning at the University of Connecticut through preparing students to be active global citizens by engaging them in service activities that enhance the quality of life for both others and themselves.


All CO programs are student led. Over 100 students hold formal leadership positions.
Student leaders are an integral part to the success of Community Outreach programs. Students take on leadership roles for all of our service and operational functions. They design and implement activities that meet client needs and recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and work-study employees. The coordinator positions also comprise the Executive Board, which works on projects that support student leaders and Community Outreach as a whole.

Community Outreach offers the following services:

  • One-time and regular service programs that meet self-identified community needs.
  • Volunteer and federal work-study positions in local human service agencies and schools.
  • Professional and leadership development for participants and coordinators.
  • Advising for individual students, student organizations, faculty and staff who desire assistance in developing a service-related project.
  • A point of access for community partners wishing to engage the UConn student body in public and community service initiatives.


Our Staff

Learn more about how you can partner with Community Outreach.

Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives has a team of professional staff members and graduate assistants who support the work of student coordinators, advise and assist students with community service-related issues, and liaison with community based organizations.


Gina DeVivo Brassaw
Associate Director for Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives
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Erin McMahon
Administrative Support for Community Outreach Programs, Services, and Initiatives
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Miguel Colón
Coordinator of Youth Development, Language and Literacy Community Outreach Programs, & Community Outreach Student Executive Board
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Sara Cook
Coordinator of Health and Human Services Community Outreach Programs, Campus Dialogues and Democracy and Political Engagement Initiatives, & Community Outreach Student Leader Learning
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Ashley Hazleton
Coordinator of Alternative Breaks & Community Service Days
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Jasmine Clayton
Site Coordinator for Jumpstart Preschool Literacy Program
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Terry Troy
Site Coordinator for Jumpstart Preschool Literacy Program
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Brian Chebro
Coordinator of Transportation Services for Community Outreach
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Emily Fiagbedzi
Graduate Assistant, Careers for the Common Good
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Cynthia Melendez Montoya
Graduate Assistant, Campus Dialogues & Democracy and Political Engagement Initiatives
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Alexander Senetcky
Graduate Assistant, Community Outreach Assessment & Campus-based Service Initiatives
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Cory Sprinkel
Graduate Assistant, Community Service Days & Call to Action Newsletter
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Kelly Yambor
Graduate Assistant, Human Rights in Action Learning Community
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Our Student Executive Board

Student leaders are an integral part to the success of community outreach programs and the coordinator positions comprise the Executive Board, which works on projects that support student leaders and Community Outreach as a whole.

The Executive Board serves to:

  • Recognize the needs of the Community Outreach staff and leaders
  • Act as a liaison among Community Outreach programs
  • Develop student leadership
  • Educate our peers by addressing concerns
  • Promote communication and facilitate new initiatives