University Research Specialist
Erica Escobar serves as a University Research Specialist, channeling her dedication into two essential endeavors: the Children with Incarcerated Parents (CIP) Initiative and the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (CTRP3). These vital projects are housed within the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP). Erica’s educational journey commenced with the attainment of an associate degree in media communications from Capital Community College (CCC). Continuing her pursuit of knowledge, she achieved a bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), majoring in Strategic Communications and minoring in Writing & Publishing.
During her time at CCSU, Erica had the opportunity to explore and develop her aptitude for the art of writing and editing. Her engagement as Co-Editor for the esteemed college literary magazine, Blue Muse, allowed her to truly embrace her passion for literary expression. In addition to this, she had the privilege of contributing her skills to The Helix Magazine, CCSU’s literary journal, as a member of a proficient proofreading team.
As a first-generation Mexican American, Erica’s unwavering commitment to instigating positive transformations is deeply ingrained within her. Her aspirations converge around the noble causes of advocating for human rights and women’s rights, a true reflection of her resolute passion. Erica’s professional journey is a tapestry of diverse experiences, including her role as Supervisor for New Britain’s Park & Rec. afterschool Program. In this capacity, she not only skillfully oversaw program activities but also played a pivotal role in mentoring high school students, imparting invaluable lessons in leadership and program coordination. These manifold experiences have enriched Erica’s outlook, fortifying her determination to make substantial contributions to her chosen fields.