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HMTCA-Trinity Partnership, News

On June 9, the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) Class of 2020 celebrated their graduation. As Trinity College’s partner school, the graduation ceremony is usually held on the Trinity campus. Due to restrictions on in-person events, HMTCA teachers and staff instead organized the graduation ceremony online and by car at the Learning Corridor located across the street from Trinity College.

Starting at noon, the virtual graduation ceremony included a number of speakers (See virtual graduation link here or video below). Principal Julie Goldstein kicked off the ceremony with her call to commencement. Students then offered a number of speeches and performances including Genesis Ramirez (National Anthem), Gloria Torres (Student Reflection), and Lola Kovalski (Senior Class Poem). (See full program here.)

The keynote speaker was Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney. President Berger-Sweeney offered a story based on her family history about perseverance and generational uplift. Finally, school counselors read each graduating student’s name with their picture on the screen.

Later that afternoon, HMTCA students and families participated in a diploma ceremony in transit. Students arrived in cars with their family to hear their name as a graduate, pick up a parting gift, and collect their diploma while having their photo taken on stage with social distance from the crowd.

Students and families decorated their cars, trucks, and jeeps as well as their graduation caps through the Learning Corridor campus, which was a city bus depot many decades ago. Lasting more than two hours, the graduation in transit was a way for students to enjoy their moment and to see many of their teachers and classmates after several months of their senior year being physically restricted for months due to COVID-19.

We wish the HMTCA graduates much luck on their next steps in college and work. And thank you to the HMTCA teachers, staff, and families for all their support of these graduates (full list below).

 

(Producer: Elissa Brauman)

 

HMTCA Graduates of the Class of 2020

 

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HMTCA-Trinity Partnership

Last month, Laura Lockwood, the Director of Trinity College’s Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC) visited HMTCA students. Working with Trinity College alumna Mel Cavanaugh (T ’11) and HMTCA history teacher, Laura visited with the school’s Girls Club. Here is a short interview with Laura about her visit to HMTCA as the Director of WGRAC. Learn more about WGRAC and Women’s Herstory Month (March 2020) here.

 

Q: Why did you visit the Womens Club at HMTCA?

Laura: Over the past four years, a WGRAC student and I have been invited to talk about the issues of consent and related topics at the HMTCA Girls Clubs annual conference in the spring. On this occasion I was asked to talk to them after they had watched The Hunting Ground, which deals with the incidence of sexual assaults on college campuses.

The film ends positively with survivors across the country organizing to hold college administrations accountable. Hence the organizations: End Rape on Campus; Know Your IX. WGRAC hosted the latter organization at Trinity in 2015. The student discussed topics such as victim shaming; why women/girls wait to come forward and report; the #MeToo movement; and more. One 9th grader asked if she could volunteer at WGRAC!

Q: What did you share with the group this time?

Laura: I provided a listening ear to their thoughts and opinions, affirmed their feelings, and, helped them sort through the complexities of these issues. We talked about consent, supporting each other, social media, sexting, and why gender based violence is not about looks or attraction, but about power and domination.

Q: What are your next steps with group?

Laura: The club will visit WGRAC at Trinity College again this month, walking over after school. We would like to show the girls what a “Women & Gender Resource Action Center” on a college campus looks like, what we do, and, how students create a respectful space. Over “comfort” food we’ll continue our conversation, and invite a few WGRAC students to join in as well.  If HMTCA students leave feeling empowered and positive about speaking up and out, creating change at their school and in their community, they will embody the essence of WGRAC’s mission.

 

The responses have been lightly edited for clarity. This interview is a collaboration between CHER, HMTCA Partnership, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

 

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CHER News, HMTCA-Trinity Partnership

Earlier this month, Laura Lockwood, the Director of Trinity College’s Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC) visited HMTCA students. Working with Trinity College alumna Mel Cavanaugh (T ’11) and HMTCA history teacher, Laura visited with the school’s Young Womens Club. Here is a short interview with Laura about her visit to HMTCA as the Director of WGRAC. 

Q: Why did you visit the Womens Club at HMTCA?

Laura: Over the past four years, either me or a Trinity student have been invited to talk about the issues of consent and related topics at the girls clubs annual conference in the spring. This occasion was to talk to them after they had watched The Hunting Ground, which deals with the incidence of sexual assaults  on college campuses and the efforts of some schools to discourage reporting or to protect alleged assailants.

The film ends positively with survivors across the country organizing to hold college administrations accountable. Hence the organizations: Stop Rape on Campus; Know your IX. WGRAC has had the latter group to campus. The discussion turned to victim shaming between girls and why that happens; why women/girls wait to come forward; #MeToo; and more. One 9th grader asked if she could volunteer at WGRAC!

Q: What did you share with the group this time?

Laura: Mostly I helped them with the difficult answers to the questions I just listed plus how talking about an incident can not only help them but others. I helped them learn how to support each other and how to seek help. We talked about consent, social media, power versus attraction (sexual assault is about power and intimidation and violence).

At WGRAC we want to show the girls what a “women’s center” looks like and how our students make it their space; what a respectful space is; what we do and how our main objective is to help students find and grow their voice and agency. We will have food and continue the conversation we started last week. I’d love it if the girls left feeling more powerful and positive about what the can they can do to create change at their school, among their friends and in their community.

Q: What are your next steps with group?

Laura: The club is visiting WGRAC at Trinity College on Feb. 27th at 3pm. They are walking over after school. We will be continuing our conversation about the film, The Hunting Ground.

 

The responses have been lightly edited for clarity. This interview is a collaboration between CHER, HMTCA Partnership, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Community Fellow, Robert Cotto, Jr.

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