This initiative is designed to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of Ms. Angela Rossi Zurowski Andersen, and her devotion to the cause of helping new immigrants, by providing a Social Sciences student with a paid internship at the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN) in Bridgeport, where she worked as the Executive Director. 

Angela was born in Waterbury on December 12, 1978, daughter of Regina “Gina” (Rossi) Priest of Cheshire and Anthony J. Zurowski Jr. of Cheshire. She graduated from Cheshire High School Class of 1996. She completed her undergraduate work at Western Connecticut State University and her Masters of Science at Southern Connecticut State University, earning both degrees in the field of political science. She was the Executive Director at International Institute of Connecticut for several years and sat on the board of the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, devoting her life to the non-profit sector.On October 13, 2013 Angela married her sweetheart Evan W. Andersen, in Mystic Connecticut. Angela balanced her passion for helping people with her ability to enjoy every moment of her life while keeping her unique sense of humor.

The International Institute of Connecticut, founded in 1918, provides immigration services to over 3,000 individuals in the state each year. IICONN is a non-profit, non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping foreign-born persons achieve self-sufficiency. Their services include refugee resettlement, basic needs, English classes, job training and placement, counseling, translation/interpretation services and legal assistance. IICONN advocates for fair and equitable treatment of immigrants, refugees and others, and works to increase public awareness of the contributions of foreign-born persons to American culture and values.

In Angela’s memory, several private donors have contributed the means to create a paid internship position with IICONN each year, hereafter referred to as the ARZA-IICONN Internship Program. The program offers student interns the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the mission of IICONN, and offers IICONN the chance to work with and learn from a Social Sciences student intern each year.


Angela Rossi Zurowski Andersen-International Institute of Connecticut (ARZA-IICONN)

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Department of Social Sciences

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU)

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