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Center for Leadership in Education and Health

The Center for Leadership in Education and Health facilitates learning opportunities, leadership development, and partnership between students, faculty, and community members through combined cooperative endeavors in research, policies, and practices that lead to positive social change.

Center Priorities

Conduct scholarly activities that inform best practices and contribute to professional discourse.

  • Develops and supports diverse leaders in the professions among our students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs.
  • Provides assistance to educational and healthcare organizations in support of evidence-based practice.

Create scholarly exchange among University faculty and students.

  • Brings together faculty, undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students and community members for the purpose of sharing expertise, ideas, and resources for the purpose of advancing translational research in the education and health professions. 

Facilitate research partnerships that connect students and institutional partners in greater Hartford and global communities.

  • Assists research partnerships between faculty, undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students and community members that design innovative translational and community based research that serves the community, education and health professions.

Current Center Initiative—Civic Design and Public Work

The Initiative for Civic Design and Public Work is being incubated in the Center for Leadership in Education and Heath with through an initial partnership among the URBAN Hartford Node of the URBAN Research Network, Knowledge Designs to Change, and the Parent Inquiry Initiative (Parentii), a parent-to-parent democracy learning partnership with the Kettering Foundation and the University of Hartford’s Institute for Translational Research. 

As we co-construct this initiative, our intention is to increase civic possibility and success by serving as a creative space for: groups of residents to understand their civic influence; neighbors to develop their capacity for civic living and public work; emerging leaders and professionals to deepen their understanding of civic change and impact; issue networks to deepen both learning and practice; and for the intergenerational transfer of civic experience and know-how.  

University Community Engagement

The Center for Leadership in Education and Health invites students, alumni, and community members to partner with faculty members to engage in inquiry pertaining to positive social change and justice.

Undergraduate students

  • Engage with faculty in research. Examples of previous research projects include:
    • Nursing Students Promote Public Health in Hartford
    • Promoting Independence: Employment Support for Transition Aged Individuals with Disability (Mikayla Pascucci ’18, Integrated Elementary and Special Education)
    • Segmental trunk support for hippotherapy (Madison Markey ’20, Combined Health Science and Physical Therapy)
  • Engage in research through honors program. Examples of previous honors program projects include:
  • Undergraduate Research Leadership Alliance connects undergraduate students to faculty and graduate students who share similar methodological skills and research interests for the purpose of mentorship. This research alliance may be related to the University of Hartford honors program or it may be established by students or faculty advisors.
  • ENHP Day is an opportunity to present research to faculty, students, and community members.

Masters and Doctoral students

  • ENHP Day is an opportunity to present research to faculty, students, and community members.

Research Environments

In these resourced environments faculty, students, and community partners come together to explore, learn, test, and advance knowledge.

Here are the locations of current research activity:

For more information about the Center for Leadership in Education and Health, contact Karen Case, associate professor, Department of Education, at kcase@hartford.edu.