Kimberly Sanchez, OVCS Associate Director, Connecticut College

Kimberly Sanchez

Director of Community Partnerships

Kim assumed the position of Director of Community Partnerships in July, 2017.

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.

Patrick Lynch, Assistant Director of College/School Partnerships

Patrick R. Lynch '12

Associate Director of Community Partnerships

Patrick Lynch was named Associate Director of Community Partnerships effective July, 2017.

Patrick has been involved in community-based work at Connecticut College since he arrived as an undergraduate. Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in government from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from Merrimack College in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. Patrick served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the office of Community Partnerships, working closely with the greater New London community and supporting students as engaged scholars and community learners.

After pursuing his graduate degree and work within greater Boston and the City of Lawrence, Patrick returned to Connecticut College in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Community Partnerships. Patrick has overseen the expansion of the office’s partnership programs, which provide innovative teaching and learning opportunities to Connecticut College students and youth participants. Under Patrick’s leadership, the ENRICH Mentor Program was regionally recognized with the Campus-Community Partner Award.

Christopher Soares, community learning coordinator

Christopher Soares

Community Learning Coordinator

Christopher enjoys working with Connecticut College and community partners to bring community-based learning to the Greater New London area, which provides mutually beneficial opportunities for students and the community. Christopher’s roles include handling the social media accounts, creating office publications, overseeing a staff of student workers who are interested in active citizenship, and facilitating engagement opportunities between campus and community partners.

Before joining CP, Christopher worked at Vantage Group, a non-profit organization, for four years increasing independence for developmentally disabled individuals. His community-based work stretches from Costa Rica to Spain, where he was actively involved as medical personnel in an HIV clinic and an English teacher, respectively. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Connecticut State University, where he held multiple leadership positions.

Community Partnerships

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.

VISTA: Volunteers in Service to America

Connecticut Campus Compact hosts all campus based AmeriCorps VISTAs.

Americorps VISTA

Kelly Campos

Americorps VISTA

Kelly Campos graduated from Connecticut College in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in gender and women's studies and a double minor in Latin American studies and sociology. As a student at Connecticut College, Kelly gained knowledge of what it means to be a first-generation Chicana college student. This helped Kelly form her personal activist ideology. Kelly grew an even greater passion for working with underresourced communities to support youth to apply and attend college.

Throughout the upcoming year, Kelly plans to continue fostering relationships with New London organizations and its residents. She is confident that Community Partnerships will deepen its work and reach even higher goals with the help of everyone involved with the office.

VISTA

Yasmin Fabian

AmeriCorps VISTA

Yasmin recently earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and Latin American studies at Connecticut College, where she was also known as a social justice student activist. She is honored to continue her work at Connecticut College Community Partnerships and in the New London region by serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA dedicated to building strength, capacity and community.

Yasmin is looking forward to sharing the knowledge she gained throughout her undergraduate years and to continue to learn the intricacies of access to higher education.