For the past 19 years, Tracee Reiser has led a team of students and staff who work with faculty and community partners to create and implement a wide range of innovative teaching and learning experiences that develop active citizenship, enhance scholarship and contribute to advancing the quality of life in local and global communities.
Reiser is a native New Londoner who left to study political science and English at Boston University and pursue graduate studies in teaching English to speakers of other languages at the School for International Training in Vermont. After years of teaching and leading nonprofits in Boston, Arizona and Mexico, she returned to New London.
Reiser has expanded initiatives to link community-based learning to the curriculum, helped create the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, increased student-developed and student-led programs and built numerous college and community partnerships.
Reiser secures grants and gifts from a wide range of public and private sources. She was the first staff recipient of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Service Award in 2008. As a citizen activist in New London, Reiser is active in Rotary International and a past president of the Rotary Club of New London, former treasurer of the Women's Center of Southeastern CT. She was former co-chair of the SECT Task Force on Racial Ethnic Balance in Schools that created and implemented the Regional Multicultural Magnet School.