Jaclyn Severance

Jaclyn (Falkowski) Severance has worked in communications and public relations in the state of Connecticut for more than 15 years. 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. Jaclyn earned a degree in communications, emphasizing in journalism, from the University of Hartford; studied photography at the Hartford Art School; 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.


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Memories of the Past, to Support the Future: UConn Presents 2023 Dodd Prize with Sweeping Conversation about Global Democracy

'This year’s recipient of the Dodd Prize embodies the understanding that human rights are a cause that cannot be limited to individual countries'

Rubens' Tube with the video title above it

A Trumpet, Fire, and Physics

In the case of a recent viral video of a trumpeter playing into a tube that’s on fire, making the flames dance higher and lower in time to the music, we asked experts at UConn to explain just how the device – called a Rubens’ tube – worked

An exterior view of The Dodd Center for Human Rights

Inaugural Human Rights Summit Comes to The Dodd Center with Critical Focus on Global Assault on Democracy

UConn community and leaders, activists, academics, artists, policymakers, and students from across the country and around the world will come together in Storrs to place critical focus on human rights at the inaugural Human Rights Summit at The Dodd Center

The city of Lviv, located in western Ukraine

Conflict and Commerce: A Journey to Support Founders in Ukraine

'In newly liberated cities, the business returns within days. The cities recover their shops, their supply chains, and people return to work'

Members of the HealthWerx team at Hartford HealthCare’s Pearl Street Office on June 2, 2023, in Hartford. From left: Genesis Rosario '24 (CAHNR), Brenda Lituma Solis '23 (CAHNR) '25 MS, Sophia Manos '24 (CLAS), Jewel Booker '25 (CLAS), and Zoey England '22 (CLAS).

UConn Students Innovate Community Health through Werth Institute, Hartford HealthCare Partnership

'Not only do I want to innovate medicine, I want to make sure that I can learn more about the community that I came from'

2023 Malka Penn Award Recognizes Beneath the Wide Silk Sky and The Tower of Life

Children’s literature selections honored for outstanding work addressing human rights issues and themes

Jim Waller, who was recently appointed as the first Christopher J. Dodd Chair in Human Rights Practice at UConn, poses for a photo in his office in the Dodd Center for Human Rights

New Christopher J. Dodd Chair in Human Rights Practice to Direct Dodd Impact Programs

James Waller, eminent scholar of the Holocaust and genocide studies, will combine classroom learning with human rights practice

Beauty shot of UConn's The Dodd Center for Human Rights

UConn to Award 2023 Dodd Prize to Ukraine’s Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

In addition to the awarding of the Dodd Prize, a panel about Babyn Yar will be featured at the inaugural Human Rights Summit to be held on October 25, 26, and 27, at UConn’s Dodd Center for Human Rights

Hailey Baranowski ’24 (CAHNR/CLAS) and David Wagner, an entomologist and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UConn out in the field studying bumble bees.

Bumble, Blue, and Everything Between: UConn Student Spending Summer Studying Bees at Mansfield Hollow

'Working on a farm made me really realize how important bees were – if there was no food, and nothing for the bees to eat, nothing flowering, nothing of ours would grow'

Jithu Sajeevan, left, a UConn Stamford student and co-owner of DIG USA, plays a round of chess with one of his students during a chess tournament at the Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton

UConn Stamford Student Finds His American Dream through Chess

Lessons learned on the chessboard turn into real-life success story for Jithu Sajeevan