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Disruptors: Young Connecticut Activists Speak Out

Photos clockwise: Akia S. Callum, Sahar Amjad, Katharine Morris
Photos clockwise: Akia S. Callum, Sahar Amjad, Katharine Morris

This hour on Disrupted, meet three young Connecticut disruptors. These activists are all in their early 20s and they’re finding their voices and power to speak out for issues that are important to them – from racial justice, to transportation, and environmentalism.


  • Katharine Morris – scholar-activist focusing on environmental justice, Masters of Public Policy candidate at the University of Connecticut; check out her TEDx Talk How To Collaborate For Environmental Justice
  • Sahar Amjad – UCONN Senior; Communications Manager at the #IAmNotAVirus Campaign. She’s also the Transport Hartford Assistant Coordinator of the Center for Latino Progress
  • Akia S. Callum – President of the NAACP CT State Conference Youth and College Division and the Director of Community Impact and Marketing at Waterbury Bridge to Success

This program was produced by Zshekinah Collier, Catie Talarski, and Anna Elizabeth.

Zshekinah Collier is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted.' Previously she was a Radio Production & Storytelling Intern and contributed to 'Audacious,' 'The Colin McEnroe Show,' 'Seasoned,' and 'Where We Live.'
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Wesleyan University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.