Visiting Assistant Professor (Urban and Community Studies)
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344 Mansfield Road, Unit 1172
Storrs, CT 06269-1172
Reinaldo Rojas was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and completed his Bachelor Degree in Psychology in 1995, at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He migrated to Hartford in the fall of that year, looking to pursue a graduate education. His first experience working in Hartford was with the State Department of Children and Families, working with children and families in abuse and neglect situations. That exposure to the community needs awoke an interest in social services and social work. Reinaldo obtained his Master of Social Work at the University of Connecticut in 2002, with a concentration in Community Organizing and minor in Research, with certificates in Urban and Puerto Rican studies. Since graduating, Reinaldo has dedicated himself to issues of community organizing, social justice and social change, and has held positions for the Village for Families and Children, and the Institute for Community Research, the city of Hartford Health and Human Services Department and the Connecticut Children Medical Center. These positions have given Reinaldo experience is administration, coordination and implementation of community programs, establishing and maintaining links with individuals, organizations, government and other institutions to help residents build bridges, gain access to policy makers and access resources.
Reinaldo started his doctoral degree at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in the fall of 08, and is currently working on his dissertation Reinaldo’s dissertation interest is on types of urban and community development and the impact it has on the socioeconomic status of residents, particularly in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford, CT.