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July 25, 2016 40 Under Forty 2016

Aaron Isaacs

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Aaron Isaacs runs the support program called the Men of Vision in Education, to help underserved men of color from the Greater Hartford area by providing them with a scholarship, academic counseling and mentoring.
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Age: 32

Company: Goodwin College

Title: Assistant Dean of Students

Town where I live: West Hartford

Town where I work: East Hartford

College: University of Connecticut

Q&A:

What do you do and what are your goals in your current job? As the assistant dean of students, my role is to support the dean in providing leadership and oversight to several departments in student services. My goal is to continue my team's development so we provide a high level of support to our students.

What are your goals for your community involvement? My goals revolve around understanding what our community needs and how I can leverage my leadership roles to meet those needs. I've seen the positive impact organizations like Goodwin and the Greater Hartford YMCA have made in the Hartford area and I believe this is accomplished through meaningful partnerships and collaborative thinking.

What's your biggest passion? Coaching. Helping others reach their goals on and off the field has always been rewarding. Last year I volunteer coached at my alma mater with the women's track and field team. It was an honor to work with such a talented group.

What are your future aspirations? I just celebrated the birth of my first child, Brooks. Personally, I want to focus on being there for him. Professionally, I'd like to complete my Ph.D. and become a dean or vice president of student affairs.

What needs to happen for Hartford to become a more vibrant city where people work, live and play? Hartford should engage area college and university leaders to discuss how to collectively leverage the city's culture, venues and businesses as part of their students' overall college experience. College students bring a wealth of creativity, enthusiasm and optimism, which could breathe new energy into Hartford. By providing affordable housing and events geared toward young professionals, students can experience the benefits of urban living and hopefully make Hartford their home after college.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

  1. Helping to secure over half-a-million dollars in funding to support underserved populations pursuing higher education at Goodwin College.
  2. Four years of service, volunteering on the Greater Hartford YMCA board of directors.
  3. Making a Difference Award, Hartford Job Corps Academy, 2014.
  4. Making a Difference Award, Goodwin College, 2014.

Time Tested:

What personal possession in your life has withstood the test of time? I've had my father's wooden baseball bat for years, which always brings back great childhood memories.

What hobby did you develop at a young age that you still enjoy today? Playing sports, I still play men's league basketball and flag football.

Twenty years ago, what did you envision as your future profession? Giving back was instilled in me at a young age. Both my parents were educators and active in their communities. I think I always knew I would end up in a profession that involved helping others.

Who do you consider your mentor? My father, who was a public healthcare administrator for years and taught me a lot about the intricacies of working with people.

See the complete list of Forty Under 40 Winners for 2016! 

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