Community Service

To serve as a resource for students, faculty, and staff of the University of New Haven community and to foster relationships between the surrounding community and the University of New Haven.

Meet Our Staff
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Taylor Pestritto
Graduate Assistant for the Office of Community Service
(203) 479-4585

Taylor received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2017. She is currently working towards her master's degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology.


Torrington, CT

Undergraduate Institution

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


B.A. in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Criminal Justice 

Area of study at University of New Haven

Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology

Experience with community service

During undergrad, I was a volunteer at a mental health facility, a member of the student alumni association, participated in Habitat for Humanity, a tutor for student athletes, and part of a community service outreach program called the Boltwood Club.

What community service means to me

Community service means everything to me; it has taught me that volunteering is more than simply devoting my time to others or an obligation, but rather a mutually beneficial and enriching experience. From my experience with community service, I have learned so much about myself, my goals, and the world around me. Community service has not only given me direction, but has opened my eyes to the undeniable difference I can make in someone’s life. I am confident that without my past volunteer experience, I would not be where I am today.

My hope for students looking to get involved in community service

I hope for students to realize that you can discover your passion through community service. There is no greater feeling than having the power to positively impact the world. Whether it is your work with one individual or an entire community, you have the ability to leave your mark. Community service will enable you to strive for more- more for yourself and more for others. 

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