Capital Collaborates

March 26, 2021
9:00 am – 11:30 am

For decades, Hartford has been known as one of the poorest cities in the United States. For decades, government, business and community leaders have, worked to reduce poverty and its symptoms. However, according to the latest Census information, poverty in Hartford is still alarmingly high at 28%.

In addition to addressing the many symptoms of poverty (crime, low home ownership, teenage pregnancy, etc.), we propose that there should be an emphasis on the collective effort to increase the income level of individuals and families through the attainment of credentials that will provide a sustainable wage. In doing so, we believe the symptoms of poverty will decrease.

Capital Community College is among the top 5% of community colleges nationally improving the income of the most economically disadvantaged. We know that many of our students do not complete a certificate or degree, not for lack of will or academic preparedness, but for myriad non-academic barriers such as lack of finances, childcare, transportation, among others. Therefore, by working more effectively with our community partners to remove these barriers, we can more directly and significantly reduce poverty in Hartford.

Join the coalition of Hartford stakeholders committed to reducing poverty through our collective impact.


  • Community Leaders
  • Facilitated Discussion
  • Next Steps


Rachel Lipson and Robert Schwartz, Harvard’s Project on Workforce

Rachel Lipson

Rachel Lipson
Project Director
Harvard Kennedy School
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

Robert Schwartz

Robert Schwartz
Senior Advisor
Professor Emeritus of Practice in Education Policy and Administration, HGSE
Co-Founder, Pathways to Prosperity Network
Senior Advisor, Jobs for the Future

For more information: Carl Guerriere, Director, Center for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion