Carlos Antonio Torre(left)Professor of Education at SCSU and Immediate Past-President of the New Haven Connecticut Board of Education
Robert Cotto Jr.(left), Director of Urban Educational Initiatives at Trinity College and elected member of the Hartford Board of Education
Carlos Antonio Torre earned three graduate degrees at Harvard University in Human Development and in Administration, Planning and Social Policy: an Ed.M.; a Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS); and a Doctorate of Education. He is Professor of Education at Southern Connecticut State University; Immediate Past-President of the New Haven, Connecticut Board of Education (currently President of the City-Wide School-Building and Stewardship Committee); and a Fellow at Yale University, where he served seven years as Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate College and a member of the Psychology faculty.
Dr. Torre is an elected member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico and was awarded the Academy’s Medal of the Academician. Other awards include: the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences’ first award for "humanitarian, ground-breaking contributions to the understanding of the mind through the application of dynamical science perspectives to educational psychology"; the Connecticut Association of Latin Americans in Higher Education (CALAHE) award "for contributions made toward the improvement of educational opportunities for Hispanics in higher education"; and others.
Robert Cotto Jr. is currently the Director of Urban Educational Initiatives at Trinity College and a Lecturer in the Educational Studies department. Before his work at Trinity, he was a Senior Policy Fellow in K-12 Education for CT Voices for Children where he published reports on Connecticut’s testing system, public school choice, and K-12 education data and policy. He taught for seven years as a social studies teacher at the Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies (MLC), an interdistrict magnet school intended to provide a high-quality education and promote racial, ethnic, and economic integration. Born and raised in Connecticut, Mr. Cotto was the first in his family to go to college and he earned his B.A. degree in sociology at Dartmouth College and his Ed.M. at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is serving his second term on the Hartford Board of Education and in the past has served as Secretary and Policy Committee Chair.