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The SCSU Innovation Hub hosts the annual Connecting Students and Professionals of Color, a community building series designed to foster a network of students and professionals from underrepresented backgrounds.

Read about the history of the event.


Legairre Radden ll

Research Scientist focusing in biology with over 9 years of graduate and industry experience.

Dr Chaka Felder-McEntire

Professional development consultant with 20 years of experience as an education administrator.

Panelists from 2023

Richard Simpson

Senior Engineering Director, R&D at Medtronic. Specializes in developing minimally invasive surgical devices used in thoracic, colorectal, and abdominal surgery.

Melanie Burgos

President of the LatinX in STEM club at SCSU. Biology senior on the pre-med track. Currently conducting research on data collection and analysis of heart rates (HRV) to determine cardiovascular risk in women with endometriosis.

Donte Brooks

Graduate Assistant within the STEM RI office. Cybersecurity graduate student here at SCSU. Has a background within criminal justice holding a masters and bachelors respectively within the field.

Melissa Lasaro

Research Scientist with 11 years of laboratory experience. Professional with an expertise in lab and field research, data collection/analysis and project management.

Karen Walters

Pharmaceutical scientist with over 23 years of professional experience. Passionate about community leadership and contributing towards bringing life-changing breakthroughs to patients for Pfizer.

Partners for 2024

Boehringer Ingelheim

Sponsored by a grant from CTNext

Connecting Students & Professionals of Color
April 11, 2024
Adanti Student Center Ballroom
Southern Connecticut State University

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