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Torshia V. Anderson


"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  -  Maya Angelou

Torshia Anderson was born and raised in Bridgeport Connecticut, where from an early age her mother shared that she was strong willed and opinionated.  This is balanced with a genuine sense of compassion for the individuals around her and has guided her decisions with regards to her professional aspirations.  

Torshia attended Western Connecticut  State University , where she received her B.S. in Community Health, after which she attended Springfield College and obtained her M.Ed in Higher Education.  After graduating from Springfield College she worked in the Office of Residential Life at the University of Hartford.  Torshia now serves as the Director of Student Activities and Greek Life at the University of Hartford.  This role will allow her to work intentionally on building student interactions within the University setting and cultivating new relationships within the surrounding community.  

“ The University of Hartford is a wonderful place to both work and learn.  I count it a blessing to offer support, service and guidance to the institutional constituents.  Please take some time to stop in and visit, you will be sure to be greeted with a smile.”  –Torshia V. Anderson

Lisa M. Cote

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


Graduate Assistant for the Commuter Student Association

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett 

Laura has been serving as a Graduate Assistant for Student Activities and the Commuter Student Association since August of 2018. Originally from Carmel, New York she came to the University of Hartford in 2014 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies while minoring in French and participating in multiple student leadership organizations on-campus. She is currently pursuing her MA in Communications with an emphasis in Media with the goal to serve in the United Nations.  

“The University of Hartford is a small campus with a large campus feel with hundreds of clubs to adhere to the many different interests/passions of its studenttsAs I have grown / continue to grow through UHart, I hope students will find their niche and discover their passions.” – Laura Faria

PAIGE Williams-Rivera

Greek Advisor for Sorority Life 

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference" - Winston Churchill

Paige is serving as the Adviser of Sorority. Paige is from Windsor, CT and is a graduate of University of Hartford with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. Additionally, this fall, she began her Masters in Organizational Psychology here at the University.  Paige comes to us with a great amount of experience in organizational communication and talent acquisition through her aspirations to continue a career in the Human Resources field. She was a member of the University's Greek community for 3.5 years and will bring her knowledge of chapter operations, development, and recruitment to the role. 

"My favorite part of being a student at University of Hartford is the opportunity each person has to find their sense of belonging. There is an exceptional amount of clubs, teams, organizations, and groups for people to get involved in."  – Paige Williams-Rivera