Community Impact

Two people on a couch with someone in the foreground reading

Brave Space: Timothy Bussey and Christine Sylvester

Alum talks making the University and the country a more supportive place for the LGBTQ-plus community

UConn's Water Pollution Control Facility. Researchers are testing the abilities of certain kinds of shellfish to remove microplastics from water.

How Marine Animals Could Be Used to Clean Up Nature’s Big Pollutant: Microplastics

'Nature's perfect filtering machines' to the rescue

Screenshot of the interactive CT Zoning Atlas

Connecticut Zoning Atlas Makes the Case for Zoning Reform

The nation's first interactive map letting citizens visualize their town's zoning laws

The members of Ebony Horsewomen Inc.'s Junior Mounted Patrol in Keney Park, receiving a Connecticut Greenways award in October 2022, with Ebony Horsewomen founder and CEO Patricia "Pat" Kelly standing in front, with Bruce Donald of the Connecticut Greenways Council

Hartford Program Offers Healing and Empowerment on Horseback

The Ebony Horsewomen initiative provides life lessons, teaches skills, and promotes youth development.

Large UConn letter sign on route 195 with snow on Dec. 7, 2020.

UConn’s Impact is Statewide

Each and every one of Connecticut's 169 cities and towns has strong links to the state's flagship public university.

Students walk past the Wilbur Cross Building on Oct. 5, 2018. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Launches Program to Connect with Talented Alliance District Students

A plan to help Connecticut students from underserved communities prepare for college.

The Class of 2020 spells out UConn on the Great Lawn on Aug. 27, 2016. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Pandemic Doesn’t Slow UConn in Helping Grads Land First Jobs

Members of the Class of 2020 also show a strong desire to stay in Connecticut.

UConn Health drive through testing station on the lower campus in Farmington on April 13, 2020.

Nurse Researchers Study How to Increase COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination Among Underserved Hispanic Families

Xiaomei Cong and Kelley Newlin Lew are partnering with the Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut for the study, with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research’s COVID-19 Research Seed Funding Program.

School cafeteria workers in Cheshire, Connecticut package to-go lunches for students.

Onset of COVID Pandemic Significantly Threatened CT School Meal Programs

Innovation by food service directors and local communities helped meal distribution numbers rebound last spring.

Students in the “Global One Health: U.S. and Irish Perspective” class at the University of Connecticut see kelp harvested from J.P. Vellotti’s beds in Groton as part of a visit to the Noank Aquaculture Cooperative on May 16, 2019, organized by Connecticut Sea Grant.

CT Sea Grant-led Project Looks to Unlock Potential of Seaweed Industry

The UConn Avery Point-based program will lead efforts on the East and West coasts to boost commercial seaweed harvesting.