My name is Cara Midlige I am a senior Educational Studies and Community Action student at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Growing up in a small town in New Jersey, I was extremely unaware of the educational inequalities many students experience. However, this changed when I came to Trinity. During the spring semester of my freshman year, I had the opportunity to observe a sixth-grade science class in a Hartford Magnet school. From then on, I have become passionate about urban education and the inequalities students experience. This experience motivated me to become an Educational Studies major with a concentration in race, class, and educational inequality and a community mentor for local elementary school students.

Over the past four years, I have pursued my interests in teaching, school desegregation, and educational inequality by working as a teaching assistant in local elementary and middle schools, conducting primary source research on Connecticut’s landmark Supreme Court decision Sheff v. O’Neill and conducting a senior research project focused on examining issues of school inequality in a Hartford neighborhood.

In addition to my Educational Studies coursework, I have conducted research for the admissions office at Trinity on alternative predictors of student success and in the spring of 2017, I will be working with the Associate Director of Community Learning on a project designed to strengthen Trinity’s connection with the community.

I will graduate from Trinity in the spring of 2017 and will seek to pursue a career in teaching, hopefully in an urban district.