"Having a heart for making a difference means that something or someone made a difference in my heart first." - Lee Wise
Matt Blocker is originally from southeastern Connecticut. He attended Eastern Connecticut State University, where he received his B.A. in History. Matt received his M. Ed in Human Relations Counseling while at Plymouth State University, and relocated to Connecticut to direct the University of Hartford's Center for Community Service. He has a long history of working in his local communities and enjoys mobilizing others to lend a helping hand.
"The University of Hartford is unique in its location. We sit in three municipalities, Bloomfield, West Hartford and Hartford. We have the chance to reach out to these communities, show our compassion, and have the chance to realize our civic responsibility on a greater level. Please stop by the Center anytime to find an opportunity you can participate in." - Matt Blocker-Glynn
Associate Director of Community Service and Student Activities
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
Lisa M. Coté (she/her/hers) has called numerous states home throughout her life, including Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut. Lisa attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she received a B.A.. in Sociology/Anthropology and African & African American Studies. From there, Lisa went on to receive her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. Since then, Lisa has worked in Community Service and Student Activities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Connecticut, and served as a Resident Director at the University of Hartford for a year. Lisa now serves as the Associate Director of Community Service and Student Activities at the University of Hartford. This role will allow her to continue to engage with the UHart community and have meaningful interactions with students, staff, and faculty, as well as develop new relationships with the local community.
“The University of Hartford is a very unique campus community, which creates a great environment for people to learn and grow together. I am excited to have the opportunity to connect with our campus and local community in new ways and to continue to serve the UHart students.” - Lisa M. Cote
Lauren grew up in Woodstock, Connecticut. She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Communications, and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Hartford. Lauren comes to the Center for Community Service and Office of Student Activities and Greek Life with a wide variety of work experiences, from the courtroom to the classroom. Lauren first came to the University of Hartford via the Hartt School Community Division. Making the move to Student Affairs, Lauren supports the directors of the Center for Community Service, the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life, and Multicultural Programs. Lauren has always been passionate about volunteering and contributes to many local organizations in and around her community.