Melvin J. Medina serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT). His primary responsibility is to lead the organization’s efforts to create and maintain community engagement through education, member attainment, and general outreach. In addition, he is also tasked with seeking and deepening partnerships with local community leaders and organizations in order to advance the ACLU-CT’s mission in the state. Since joining the ACLU-CT in January of 2014, he has also been involved in the organization’s day-to-day operations, programming, and communications. A proud member of Waterbury’s Puerto Rican community, Melvin is passionate and knowledgeable about the issues that affect disadvantaged communities in the state. Also a proud Husky, Melvin holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of Connecticut, where he received the New England Scholar award for academic excellence. He is currently working towards an M.A. degree in International Studies and a graduate certificate in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut. His academic writings focus on the intersection of human rights and virtual spaces.