African American Sub Commission

African American Sub commission focuses its efforts on issues affecting constituencies of underrepresented and underserved populations in the African American communities by improving and promoting the economic development, education, health and political well-being of these populations. Through best practices models and partnerships with local, state and national organizations, using a cross-cultural lens to inform public policy and involve traditionally underserved populations in the legislative process to unite minority communities in the policy arena. The sub commission must advise on policies affecting their constituencies.



Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement (REIS) Training

Dear colleagues,

As you may remember back In 2018, Connecticut passed Public Act 18-78 which requires that a racial ethnic impact statement (REIS) be prepared at the request of any legislator, for certain bills and amendments.  In doing so, CT became one of the first states in the country to institutionalize the consideration of racial equity in its policies.

Considering this law, the Hartford Times, Health Equity Solutions (HES) and the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, and Equal Opportunity (CWCSEO) have partnered to offer a series of trainings to the CT legislature and community members alike on racial equity tools, their importance, and how they’ll be implemented in CT so that you and your community can better hold legislators accountable and so that you can advocate for these in your own community. These workshops are offered at no-cost to you thanks to generous support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Participants who complete all three workshops will receive a certificate.

Below is a link to the registration form. Therein, please use the drop-down menu to choose one date per workshop. You do not have to stick with the same date and time every workshop but please choose one per session.

Register here

This training will encompass three distinct workshops that will build upon one another to grow the participants’ knowledge in areas related to equity and justice, racial health equity and health outcomes, recognizing implicit bias and its impacts, and methods to identify and address inequities in policy making. Each workshop will be presented a total of 6 times in an effort to accommodate your busy schedules. The first workshop, JEDI 101, will be presented in May. Workshop #2, Recognizing and Addressing Implicit Bias, will be hosted in June. And finally, the third workshop, Codified Racism: Connecticut Policy Review, will be presented in July. Attached is a flyer with more information (available in both English and Spanish).

We encourage you to invite your staff to participate and to invite community members to participate as well. The workshops will be offered in English and in Spanish.

We look forward to seeing you at these workshops; please let us know if you have any questions.


“Autism: Raising Awareness at the State Capitol”
Friday, April 29, 2022
10 AM – 3 PM


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April is Autism Awareness Month, and the African American Sub Commission would like to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change! Black and Hispanic children continued to be less likely to be identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD) than white children. These differences suggest that black and Hispanic children may face socioeconomic or other barriers that lead to a lack of or delayed access to evaluation, diagnosis, and services.

The African American Sub Commission of the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity (CWCSEO) and Disability Rights CT (DRCT) present: “Autism: Raising Awareness at the State Capitol”. Please join us on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 10 AM – 3 PM for a full-day of activities in support of Autism advocacy at the Capitol. This advocacy day will include personal impacted stories from our multi-cultural panel of speakers that includes State officials, legislators, individuals with autism, as well as parents of autistic children. Information tables will be set up and various organizations will share materials, information, and resources. We will be hosting this event outdoors so a rain date will be announced depending on the weather. This event is free and open to the general public. The public is highly encouraged to attend. Interpreters will be available in the following languages: American Sign Language and Spanish. If you need interpretation services in another language, please let us know before April 15, 2022. For more information contact  or


Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative


The Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative (CFI) is a broad-based, statewide collaborative effort involving numerous state and local partners and led by the Department of Social Services. At the core of the work, the Initiative is changing the systems that can improve fathers’ ability to be fully and positively involved in the lives of their children.

Recognizing the continued work of all CFI partners across the state whether at the state or local level, in 2015 upon the completion of the Strategic Plan the partners agreed the working name for our efforts will be the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative.

CT Fatherhood Initiative Introduction
Public Act No. 99-193
Proposed Amendment to Fatherhood Initiative Legislation(Draft)
Council Membership
Real Dads Forever
Assessment Guide On Father-Inclusion Practices
New England Fathering Conference Information
Dad’s Matter Too! Summit Information
24/7 Dad Fatherhood Program


2021 Young Civic Leaders Scholarship Awards

The African American Sub Commission is proud of its commitment to serving African Americans who reside in our state. In recognition of this community’s legacy of civic participation and in the interest of preserving this tradition among young people, the Sub Commission awarded 3 Young Civic Leaders Scholarship awards to African American students who have demonstrated a commitment to civic life via community engagement and service, and academic interest. The Sub Commission wishes to recognize Prisca Afantchao from Windsor High School, Aisha Haidara from Simsbury High School and Nia Long from the Metropolitan Learning Center.


Prisca Afantchao                                           

Aisha Haidara               


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