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Trinity’s Public Humanities Collaborative Announces Teams for Summer 2019

The Public Humanities Collaborative (PHC), a component of Trinity’s Summer Research Program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, brings together students, faculty, and Hartford-area humanities partners to explore themes in the humanities and creatively engage both scholarly and public audiences. From the large pool of applications, PHC selected sixteen students to work on eight faculty and eight public humanities projects. Each PHC team includes a Hartford-area humanities partner (such as a museum, library, cultural institution, or related organization), a Trinity College faculty fellow, and 2-4 student researchers. View the full list of Summer 2019 teams on our blog.


Community Learning in Hartford: End of Semester Wrap-Up

Each semester we offer Community Learning courses where students work with community partners in mutually beneficial relationships on a variety of projects. Take a look at some of the highlights:


Liberal Arts Action Lab Announces Fall 2019 Projects

After 13 proposals were submitted by Hartford community partners, the Liberal Arts Action Lab has formed four teams of Capital Community College and Trinity College students to work on research projects in Fall 2019.

  • Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) asked, “What is the prevalence of small multi-family properties in targeted Hartford neighborhoods that are owned by absentee landlords?”
  • Active City asked, “What is the participation in formal and informal recreation and youth sports in Hartford and how can we increase participation in organized youth sports?
  • Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness asked, “How can we update our curriculum and improve outreach to schools about the estimate 5,000 youth who are experiencing homelessness in the state?”
  • Lilly Sin Barreras asked for retrospective research, “What went well and what went wrong during the relocation of refugees to Hartford after Hurricane Maria

Trinfo.Café Launches Student Leadership Initiative

The Spring 2019 semester was busy at Trinfo Café! Program Manager Ari Basche and Director Carlos Espinosa have been committed to moving Trinfo into being a broader use community space and decided to launch a new Student Leadership Initiative for Spring 2019. In addition to the students’ general duties for teaching computer literacy classes to adults and youth and staffing the facility, Ari and Carlos challenged the 15 student workers to take the lead on planning accessible and relevant community events at Trinfo.Café. Take a look at our recap of the semester on our blog.


HMTCA-Trinity College Partnership Welcomes Martina McCrory as New Summer Science Program Director

Every year, Trinity College hosts the HMTCA 10th grade Summer Science Academy. This year, we are excited to welcome Martina “Doc” McCrory who will lead as the Director of Science Education for Summer Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates program, which will run from June 3rd- July 19th. Read more about Dr. McCrory on our blog.


Trinity Alumna and HMTCA Teacher Zuleyka Shaw is A Finalist for Teacher of the Year at the Hartford Public Schools

The Center for Hartford Engagement and Research congratulates HMTCA Teacher and Trinity alumna Zuleyka Shaw ’06 who is one of three finalists from a pool of more than 40 teachers for the Hartford Public Schools Teacher of the Year honor. According to the Hartford Public Schools, a teacher of the year must be tenured and “must exhibit exemplary teaching skills, show commitment to the belief that all children can learn and must be active in community and humanitarian efforts.” Read more about Zuleyka on our blog.


CHER Reports: Measuring Community Engagement
in Hartford

In 2016, Trinity College adopted a new mission statement that emphasizes three words: Engage, Connect, and Transform. But exactly who engages with communities outside of Trinity’s gates? Are these participation rates representative of the college demographics at large? Take a look at our most recent community engagement report and our Carnegie Application to learn more.


CHER Director: Jack Dougherty
CHER Communications & Data Assistant: Erica Crowley
Community Learning 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.

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Trinfo.Café

When we think of Trinfo Cafe, we’re usually thinking of a computer space just off campus at 1300 Broad Street, but the Spring 2019 semester has marked the beginning of Trinfo’s evolution– Program Manager Ari Basche and Director Carlos Espinosa have been committed to moving Trinfo into being a broader use community space. As part of that commitment, they decided to launch a new student leadership initiative for Spring 2019. In addition to the students’ general duties for teaching computer literacy classes to adults and youth and staffing the facility, Ari and Carlos challenged the 15 student workers to take the lead on planning accessible and relevant community events at Trinfo.Café.      

“We would challenge the students to think: how can you make the program universal and accessible? We wanted them to think outside of their own experience– about how the event would be relevant not only to their immediate perspective as a Trinity student but could be also be useful and interesting to people in the community.” – Ari Basche, Trinfo.Café Program Manger

This student leadership initiative builds off a number of successful events hosted by student-community groups such as M.O.C.A. (Men of Color Alliance) and Hartford Iron Poets (#ICYMI check out this recap October’s Open Mic Night hosted by Hartford Iron Poets at Trinfo). Throughout the semester there were 8 student-led events.

Bea Dresser ’22 and Mary Meza ’22 leading a community garden meeting and composting workshop.
Professor Sergio Pint-Handler was invited by Silvia Nunez and La Voz Latina to host the discussion called “Café Con Leche: Crisis in Venezuela.”

The students were also encouraged to think about other student groups or classes they have been a part of that may be of interest to the community. The Paint Night and Cafe Con Leche were both examples of professors coming and sharing their knowledge with students and community members at Trinfo. For example, Mariana Perez and Cody Maldonado approached Professor Joseph Byrne in Studio Arts to help run the Community Paint Night and La Voz Latina reached out to Professor Sergio Pinto-Handler to lead the Crisis in Venezuela discussion. 

Imani: Trinity’s Black Student Union hosting a discussion at Trinfo about the relationship between Trinity College and Hartford.

Some of the student led events have planted the seed for future collaborations between CHER programs and other departments on campus or in the community. For example, Carla Concha and Caitlyn Linehan’s resume workshop grew out of their experience as student workers in both the Office of Student Success & Career Development and at Trinfo Cafe, which has led to conversations between departments about how to provide career skill building to the both Trinity community and Hartford residents. Another event that led to ideas for the future was Trivia Night. Carlos and Ari noticed that one of the community members who came to the event was receiving some help from a Trinity student on translating the trivia questions into Spanish which sparked the idea of offering a Bilingual Trivia Night in the Fall semester.

Overall, Ari and Carlos said they were so impressed with the leadership students showed them and the preparation and planning they put into each event. We’re looking forward to the lineup of Fall events!


To learn more about Trinfo Café visit trinfocafe.org or drop in at 1300 Broad Street, Hartford, CT.

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