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February 2019 Newsletter

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Feeling Prepared for College: Evaluating the HMTCA-Trinity College Partnership

Since 2011, the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy and Trinity College have offered an early college program. Director of Urban Educational Initiatives, Robert Cotto Jr., has released an evaluation of the HMTCA-Trinity College partnership highlighting the experiences of over 100 survey and focus group participants including HMTCA students and alumni, HMTCA staff, and Trinity College faculty. Key themes included preparedness for college work and classroom interaction, comfort with navigating a college campus, and ideas on how to broaden and strengthen the partnership and promote educational equity in programming. You can read more about the partnership and evaluation report here.


#NoMoreSlumlords in Hartford: Common Hour with Christian Activities Council

Last month, we brought organizers Pastor AJ Johnson, Joshua Serrano, and Ms. Teri Morrison of the Christian Activities Council to Trinity. In the video above, they talk with students, faculty, and other Hartford community partners about the #NoMoreSlumlords campaign in Hartford, where 6 resident leaders in Clay Arsenal organized to eradicate millionaire absentee slumlord Emannuel Ku from Hartford. In Fall 2018, Leah Swope ‘22, Olivia Zeiner-Morrish ‘22, and Renita Washington ‘22 in the Community Action Gateway partnered with Christian Activities Council to help them create a video calling on faith leaders in the metro-Hartford area to take action on social justice campaigns like this one. This semester, Director of Community Learning Megan Faver Hartline is teaching the Community Action Gateway “Building Knowledge for Social Change” course where students are partnering with Make the Road CT, True Colors, Blue Ribbon Strategies and the Unlock the Vote campaign, and Health Equity Solutions. Read more on our blog here and stay tuned for updates on their Spring projects.


Blue Earth Compost Brings Front of House Composting to Mather Dining Hall

The start of the Spring 2019 semester marked the launch of front of house composting in Mather Dining Hall on Trinity College campus. This program is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, the Office of Community Service & Civic Engagement, and community partners at Blue Earth Compost who have worked together to create a sustainable program. In the video above, listen to Eleanor Faraguna ’21, Sustainability Coordinator Rose Rodriguez, and the Bantam for instructions on how to properly use the compost bins. Learn more about the program on our blog here.


Trinity Students Help Hartford Residents with Tax Returns at Pilot VITA Clinic at Trinfo.Café

IRS-certified Trinity College students are available to assist members of the community with preparing their federal and state income tax returns, at no cost. The pilot tax clinic is one of several Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) locations in Hartford coordinated by United Way and generally serves people who make less than $55,000, persons with disabilities, and taxpayers who speak limited English. Trinity Visiting Professor in Political Science Serena Laws coordinates student volunteers at the site as part of a Community Learning course. To schedule an appointment, dial 2-1-1, visit www.211ct.org or come to Trinfo.Café in person. The Trinity VITA Tax Clinic at Trinfo.Café, located at 1300 Broad Street, is open Mondays 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m. and Fridays 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m. through April 15th, 2019. 


January Experience of Living, Learning, and Outreach (JELLO) Week of Service Was a Success

Last month, a dedicated group of students participated in the January Experience of Living, Learning, and Outreach (JELLO) in Hartford where they organized the Night Fall studio, cleaned Cinestudio, Grace Episcopal Church,and the Church of the Good Shepherd, and picked up furniture and household goods for folks moving out of homelessness with Journey Home. This annual week of service began 10 years ago with the Chapel Council, and today JELLO is a year round community service organization based in the Office of Community Service & Civic Engagement. Learn more about JELLO in this piece by Sophia Gourley ‘19.


Anita Davis, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Stops at Trinfo.Café on Campus-Wide Listening Tour

Anita Davis, Trinity College’s new Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, made a stop at Trinfo.Café this month to hear student workers discuss their experiences on campus and working in a community space like Trinfo. You can read more about the college-wide listening tour in the Trinity Reporter here.


Join us for our Spring 2019 Workshop: “Writing with Community Partners” at UCONN Conference on Teaching and Writing on Friday April 5th

The “Writing with Community Partners” workshop will take place during The 2019 UConn Conference on the Teaching of Writing at the Hartford Public Library on Friday, April 5, 2019 from 2:00-4:30 pm. Faculty, students, and community partners will learn about pedagogical and organizational strategies to create reciprocal partnerships that engage students in active learning beyond the classroom and help community organizations reach their goals. Register at the UConn Writing Conference website by March 28th. Find more information here.


The 14th Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival is March 29th-March 31st

The 14th Annual Trinity International Hip-Hop Fest will be held March 29th-March 31st in Mather Hall on Trinity College’s campus. This festival brings together hip-hop artists, academics, activists, and fans from dozens of countries. Students and Hartford residents will have the opportunity to attend performances, film screenings, workshops, lectures, and panel discussions throughout the weekend. Find more information here.



CHER Director: Jack Dougherty
CHER Communications & Data Assistant: Erica Crowley
Community Learning Associate Director: Megan Faver Hartline
Community Service and Civic Engagement Director: Joe Barber
   JZ-Academic Mentoring Program Coordinator: Beatrice Alicea
Liberal Arts Action Lab Director: Megan Brown
   Communications and Program Assistant: Morgan Finn
Trinfo.Cafe and Office of Community Relations Director: Carlos Espinosa
   Program Manager: Arianna Basche
Urban Educational Initiatives Director: Robert Cotto Jr.