This semester the Covid pandemic has prompted us to think about community engagement, including Community Learning courses, creatively and often in entirely new ways. In some cases we have been able to safely continue off-campus engagement with face coverings and social distancing or transition previously planned in-person projects to remote versions. In other cases we have designed new courses and partnerships for a remote context – and this is all thanks to incredible work by our faculty and staff. Take a look at a few highlights below. “Performing Hartford” CourseSEE DETAILS
We’ve had a few new team members since the summer. Abby Fisher Williamson joined as CHER’s director in July, Gabby Nelson joined as Assistant Director of Urban Engaged Learning in October, and Cynthia Mena began as Trinfo.Cafe’s Program Manager in November. Trinfo.Cafe’s student social media specialist Wendy Salto ’22 interviewed Abby and Gabby to learn more about them. Read on to meet these two new team members. We look forward to further introducing Cynthia in our next newsletter, scheduled to come out in January. Get to know Abigail Fisher Williamson,SEE DETAILS
The Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement and their associated student groups usually try to get off campus and into the community as much as possible. Community service has looked different this year. Student groups pivoted to remote and socially distant formats for their service and advocacy work. Some of the work has taken on new forms, while other projects are annual events that have been rethought. A screenshot of the Habitat for Humanity Evictions Crisis Event. Salmun showed attendees a data visualization map that Trinity students helped createSEE DETAILS
Fostering engaged voters among the Trinity and Hartford communities was an important focus for us this fall. “We create and provide opportunities for community service and civic engagement in part for students to understand that citizenship is an active existence that transcends mere national identity. It is a philosophy and a way of life that demands positive involvement in the civic sphere by all of us. Free and fair voting is one of the foundational tenets of such a system,” writes Joe Barber, Director of the Office of Community Service andSEE DETAILS
It has been a busy few months at CHER! During the COVID-19 pandemic we launched two new initiatives: engaging students, staff, and faculty in remote volunteering and employing students in storytelling projects about their pandemic experiences. In recent weeks we have also reflected on Trinity students’ experiences of racism and sexual violence on campus and identified ways that our community engagement work can respond. Additionally, we’d like to announce important staffing transitions in CHER. Read through the highlights below, and be sure to contact us with any questions or ideas. Staffing GoodbyesSEE DETAILS </...