Tracee Reiser

Associate Dean of Community Learning; Associate Director of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy; Director of Community Partnerships

For the past 19 years, Tracee Reiser has led a team of students and staff who work with faculty and community partners to create and implement a wide range of innovative teaching and learning experiences that develop active citizenship, enhance scholarship and contribute to advancing the quality of life in local and global communities.

Reiser is a native New Londoner who left to study political science and English at Boston University and pursue graduate studies in teaching English to speakers of other languages at the School for International Training in Vermont. After years of teaching and leading nonprofits in Boston, Arizona and Mexico, she returned to New London.

Reiser has expanded initiatives to link community-based learning to the curriculum, helped create the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, increased student-developed and student-led programs and built numerous college and community partnerships.

Reiser secures grants and gifts from a wide range of public and private sources. She was the first staff recipient of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Service Award in 2008. As a citizen activist in New London, Reiser is active in Rotary International and a past president of the Rotary Club of New London, former treasurer of the Women's Center of Southeastern CT. She was former co-chair of the SECT Task Force on Racial Ethnic Balance in Schools that created and implemented the Regional Multicultural Magnet School.

Kimberly Sanchez

Community Partnerships Associate Director

At Connecticut College, Kim uses community-based learning experiences to engage the campus and the greater New London communities to support the College's mission in educating students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society. She works with students, staff, faculty and community partners to design innovative teaching and learning experiences that foster active citizenship and contribute to advancing the quality of life in local and global communities.

Kim is also active in New London Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored club for young men and women. She previously served as the club's community service chairperson.

Kimberly Sanchez earned her bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in Spanish language from Eastern Connecticut State University. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  Previously, Kim served two terms with Public Allies Connecticut, an AmeriCorps nonprofit leadership development program, to work for social and environmental change in the community.

David Cruz

Community Learning Coordinator

David Cruz is happy to be part of a team committed to community service, education and raising awareness about problems facing many citizens in his hometown.

David was born and raised in New London, Connecticut, and participated in many programs throughout the New London community as a youth. In 2010, he earned his bachelor's degree in sports management, with a minor in business administration, from St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., where he was also involved in community service projects there and abroad.

Since graduating, he spent almost two years working at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London and interned for 8 months for New London Main Street, learning about revitalization and economic development. He was a member of Professional Tutors of America and volunteers during his free time as an assistant coach for a New London Recreation basketball team.

Working at Community Partnerships gives David a unique opportunity to give back to the community where he was raised. He hopes his local knowledge and diverse background further strengthens the relationship between Connecticut College and the City of New London.

Xia Wu

Administrative Assistant, Community Partnerships

Xia Wu is very excited to join Community Partnerships. She was born and raised in northeast China, where she majored in English and went on to work for a Beijing TV station as an interviewer/editor. In 2008, Xia moved to America with her husband and during her first four years in America, Xia earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Connecticut State University.

Before joining the Community Partnerships team, she worked for The Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut, for three years and really enjoys working in an academic environment. Being the Administrative Assistant in Community Partnerships gives Xia an opportunity to further develop her accounting skills while engaging more with the community she has called home for the last eight years.

Aleksandr Chandra '16

Americorps Vista Volunteer

As a recent graduate of Connecticut College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and English and a certificate in community action and public policy, Alek used his education to connect both local and global communities from New London, Connecticut, to New Delhi, India.

Alek is proud to be back at his alma mater learning more about capacity building and the ethics of civic engagement while serving as an AmeriCorps Vista with Connecticut College Community Partnerships.

VISTA: Volunteers in Service to America

Connecticut Campus Compact hosts all campus based AmeriCorps VISTAs.

Hadiya Alexander

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

After obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven in May 2016, Hadiya decided to join AmeriCorps VISTA to find the true definition of community engagement and learn more about the ins and out of a liberal arts institution. At Connecticut College, Hadiya will help coordinate the Project Teach and Learn programs in the New London Public Schools and help build the capacity of Community Partnerships and its various partners.

Hadiya was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, but is enjoying her time in the New England region. She is especially excited to reside for a year in New London and explore all that the city has to offer.