Connecticut - core Organizers
DxE Connecticut is the first core chapter on the East Coast!
"If we sow seeds of domination and exclusion, we lose intelligence and compassion, and life becomes a burdensome struggle." (Dr. Will Tuttle)
Tiffany is a paralegal, an organizer with DxE Connecticut, and has serious case of wanderlust. Tiffany first became involved with social justice in high school as an active member of an LGBT alliance group. Throughout her life, Tiffany has always had a companion animal by her side, whether it was a rabbit or a fish or a dog or that one time she tried to have a guinea pig, she does not feel complete without an animal in her life. Tiffany likes traveling and has become hooked on audiobooks. She lives in the Hartford area with her dog-baby, Cocoa.
"It is not enough to be compassionate--you must act." (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
Lauri is a premiere teacher and choreographer of jazz dance and owns and operates her own studio, Jazzworx, for nearly twenty years. Her students have gone on to work in theater, national TV commercials, prime time television and live concert companies. In her most recent position as Artistic Director of Hall Arts Academy she brought quality arts instruction to the under served population in Bridgeport, CT, providing children with the creativity, skills and sensibility to deal with today’s global issues. When not in the studio, she can be found on the streets protesting war, Monsanto and other environmental and social injustices. Her three sons grown (two are twins), she now shares her home with her dog children, Puck and Jetta, and cat daughters, Hazy and Zelda. She is crazy about all of them. Animal rights activism is a natural extension of her love of animals and passion for justice. A Chicago native, Lauri holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
"You just want cruelty to beget cruelty... Maybe you will win, but nobody wins for long. The wheel just keeps turning. So, come on. Break the cycle." (The Doctor)
Hanh is an organizer with DxE Connecticut. She discovered DxE through a talk about open rescues in April 2015 and has been hooked ever since. She is currently a third-year undergrad at Yale, where she studies Sociology with a concentration in Markets and Society. Outside of animal rights activism, she leads the Yale chapter of the IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which offers free tax preparation services to low-income residents in the community. Hanh is intensely introverted; she loves exploring new places on her bike and traveling alone with nothing but a map and a backpack. She finds nothing more therapeutic than spending time with nonhuman animals of all kinds.
"Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." (H.D. Thoreau)
Selena is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Connecticut College, a small liberal arts school in New London, double majoring in Biology and Hispanic Studies. She advocates for the rights of animals through Direct Action Everywhere; the student organization she co-founded and leads, the Connecticut College Animal Rights and Equality Society; and her various academic pursuits. When she is not hibernating on the "quiet floor" of the college library or organizing animal rights-related events, she is tutoring cellular biology and English, conducting biological research, spending time outdoors, and watching Netflix with friends.