Trinity ConnPIRG Student Leaders Honored at Connecticut Civic Ambassadors Summit

Photo above: Caroline Munn ’21 speaks on the youth panel at the 3rd Annual Connecticut Civic Ambassadors Summit. Photo and article below by community partners at Everyday Democracy. Thank you!

The Center for Hartford Engagement & Research congratulates Caroline Munn ‘21 who was honored as a Connecticut Civic Ambassador this past weekend at the CT Civic Ambassadors Summit at Hartford Public Library. Caroline also served as a panelist at the summit where she discussed her leadership in Trinity’s chapter of ConnPIRG alongside civic and community leaders of all ages as well as keynote speaker and author of “Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics,” Scott Warren. Thank you to Joe Barber and Beatrice Alicea in the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement and Val Ramos of Everyday Democracy for your collaboration!

The 3rd annual Connecticut Civic Summit was held November 23rd at the Hartford Public Library – an event that launched as the result of the Civic Health Project and Civic Ambassadors initiative that is led by Secretary of State, Denise Merrill, and Everyday Democracy Executive Director, Martha McCoy. The Connecticut Civic Ambassadors program involve non-partisan agents of change to help build a movement for civic renewal. The program was established to get ambassadors engaged and to engage others by creating opportunities for civic participation. This year the youth panel at the Summit included Trinity College students: Caroline Munn, Aghmad Chugtai, and Jaymie Bianca. Each student highlighted the importance of youth involvement in our local communities. Caroline Munn, a junior at Trinity and the Chapter Chair of CONNPIRG, served as one of the young panelists and has a long history of civic action and impact. On Saturday, Munn discussed the work she is currently doing for Zero Waste, Affordable Textbooks, Save the Bees, and the New Voters Project. Munn talked about her specific platform, Zero Waste, and how she has been working with others to help pass a ban to eliminate Styrofoam and Plastic containers from Connecticut. Due to the work of CONNPIRG on the Zero Waste campaign, Munn and others were able to lobby at the State House where there is now a 10 cents charge on plastic bags. She discussed what she is gaining from her work, how her civic actions have shaped her thinking about her community, our democracy, and her generations future.