Jaclyn Severance

Jaclyn (Falkowski) Severance has worked in communications and public relations in the state of Connecticut for more than a decade. She served as the director of communications and primary spokesperson for the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General before joining University Communications. She also previously served as the communications director for the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, as a press secretary for the Connecticut General Assembly’s Senate Democratic Caucus, and as the associate editor of Connecticut Lawyer magazine. A Connecticut native, Jaclyn earned a degree in communications, emphasizing in journalism, from the University of Hartford and interned as a staff writer with the Hartford Courant. She and her husband and son live on a small, family farm in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner where they raise cashmere goats. Her beat includes human rights, entrepreneurship and innovation, social work, behavioral sciences, and campus life.


Author Archive

Former Senator Chris Dodd, with the bust of his father at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on Sept. 24, 2021.

The Enduring Human Rights Legacy of Christopher Dodd

'Our humanity, in many ways, is defined by how we treat the most vulnerable, and not just elsewhere, but in our own country'

Conquering a Curse: A Student’s UConn Success Story – that Almost Wasn’t

'Every day I’d wake up and be like, is this one step closer to not being able to finish?'

UConn Stamford Professor, Human Rights Filmmaker Wins Emmy Award

Oscar Guerra says the multidisciplinary partnerships at UConn expand the reach and depth of his work

Dodd Impact’s 2021 Malka Penn Award Honors This is My America

Lauded by critics for its crucial look at justice in the United States, This is My America by author Kim Johnson has been recognized as the 2021 recipient of the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature, presented by Dodd Human Rights Impact at UConn.

The exterior of the Werth Tower building at dusk. David Bruno, resident venture builder at the Werth Institute, helps students become entrepreneurs.

Flash Cards and Food – Werth Institute’s F3 Entrepreneurs Launch Diverse Ventures in First Year of New Program

'At UConn, we are building the most accessible and inclusive entrepreneurial community'

Sustainability, Community, and Food – Theory Meets Action for UConn Undergrads

Where 'learning by doing' means baking bread, growing vegetables, and working for justice

headshot of Emily Kaufman

The Extremist Watchdog: Meet the Husky Who Tracks Online Hate

Prepared by a UConn human rights education to confront hatred and intolerance around the globe

A view at dusk of the Peter J. Werth Residence Tower on Jan. 14, 2021.

Werth Innovator Using Venture Capital to Support Social Justice This Summer

Astou Diallo combines a flair for business with a passionate interest in social justice

Fredrick Ware, left, and his son, David Ware JD '76, LLM '20 stand in front of his home in Manchester on July 17, 2021.

Revelation of a Racist Property Restriction Leads to New State Law in Connecticut

When David K. Ware '76 JD, '20 LLM learned his childhood home was in a development that had been intended only for whites, he decided to do something about racist real estate clauses still on the books

Women light candles during a protest against thousands of extrajudicial executions perpetrated by Colombian military forces, outside of The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in Bogota on June 28, 2021. - Thousands of extrajudicial executions known as "false positives" were carried out in the biggest scandal of the Colombian military forces in their struggle of more than half a century against rebel groups.

Buen Vivir: Examining Well-being in Colombia at a Time of Protest and Police Violence

'Can we create new indicators of well-being using this Indigenous concept of Buen Vivir?'