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May 2019 Newsletter

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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.