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News from Trinfo & CHER

Stay tuned for news stories about events and activities happening across the five Center for Hartford Engagement & Research programs

CHER News

Mayor Luke Bronin Comes to Trinfo.Café for Town Hall Meeting

December 21, 2018

December 21, 2018– Trinfo.Café welcomed Mayor Luke Bronin last night for his December Town Hall Meeting. The location of this monthly event rota...

Action Lab

Trinfo Cafe, Hartford Iron Poets, & The Mill: Community Open Mic Night

December 14, 2018

All photo credits to hannah grosberg. Trinfo Cafe partnered with The Mill and Iron Poets to host a Community Open Mic Night. As the event started, gue...

Action Lab

Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau Comes to Trinity

December 12, 2018

It’s safe to say that students, faculty, and staff within CHER programs have been going full steam ahead on promoting student learning and action on h...

Action Lab

“Envisioning Social Change” Videos with Hartford Community Partners in the Community Action Gateway

December 1, 2018

In the Community Action Gateway, first-year students learn how to create social change with Hartford organizations, organizers, non-profit directors, ...

Action Lab

November 2018 Newsletter

November 27, 2018

Listening to Community Partners: Key Takeaways from 2018 Focus Groups In late summer 2018, we were pleased to have focus group participation by 21 of ...

Action Lab

October 2018 Newsletter

November 27, 2018

It’s safe to say over the past month we have hit the ground running at CHER. Our students and faculty have begun applying for Action Lab project teams...

Action Lab

Community Action Gateway “Envisioning Social Change” Shareback Dinner Fall 2018

November 21, 2018

Last week, Professor Serena Laws’ “Envisioning Social Change” students in the first semester of the Community Action Gateway shared their video projec...

Action Lab

Common Hour with the CT Bail Fund: Excessive Bail and the Criminalization of Poverty

November 17, 2018

Last week, Brett Davidson from the Connecticut Bail Fund came to speak at Common Hour with the Trinity Young Democratic Socialists and Human Rights De...

Action Lab

HMTCA-Trinity Academic Collaboration Grant Proposals due Dec 14th 2018

November 14, 2018

Call for Proposals 2018-19Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) – Trinity CollegeAcademic Collaboration Grants Background Academic collabora...

Action Lab

Nat Bush ’19: Students for Zero Waste

November 13, 2018

Nat Bush ’19 is the co-president of the Green Campus Club at Trinity College, part of the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement. We asked N...

Action Lab

Liberal Arts Action Lab Announces 4 Teams for Spring 2019

November 13, 2018

With over 20 proposals submitted by Hartford community partners, the Liberal Arts Action Lab has formed 4 research teams for Spring 2019. These projec...

Action Lab

Community Learning: EDUC 350 Teaching & Learning with Profs. Jack Dougherty and Kyle Evans

November 7, 2018

Professors Jack Dougherty (Educational Studies) and Kyle Evans (Mathematics) are teaming up to redesign Educ 350: Teaching and Learning, to be offered...

Action Lab

Listening to Our Community Partners: Key Takeaways from 2018 Focus Groups

November 7, 2018

Hartford community partners in a focus group with Megan Hartline and Karolina Kwiecinska at Trinity College in August 2018. In late summer 2018, the C...

Action Lab

Meet the Team: Joe Barber

November 3, 2018

Joe Barber is the Director of the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement Let’s start with: where are you from where did you grow up? I grew ...

Action Lab

Common Hour Recap: Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Connecticut

November 1, 2018

Last week, the Department of Public Policy and Law, the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement, the Trinity Homelessness Project, and the Tr...

Action Lab

HMTCA at the Supreme Court “On Circuit” at Trinity College

October 30, 2018

Photo by Nick Caito. Last week, high school students from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) attended the Connecticut Supreme Court J...

Action Lab

The 29th Annual Halloween on Vernon Street

October 30, 2018

For 29 years, Trinity College has hosted the annual “Halloween on Vernon Street.” This event, held on the Sunday before Halloween each year, provides ...

Action Lab

Opinion: The Promise of the Experiential Liberal Arts

October 30, 2018

This essay was originally published in the Chronicle of Higher Education on September 7, 2018, and appears here with permission of the author. Experie...

Action Lab

Meet the Team: Megan Faver Hartline

October 25, 2018

Megan Faver Hartline is the Associate Director of the Office of Community Learning Where are you from where did you grow up? What brought you to Trini...

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Meet the Team: Megan Brown

October 25, 2018

Megan Brown is the Director of the Liberal Arts Action Lab, a partnership between Trinity College, Capital Community College, and Hartford community p...

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Announcing Spring 2019 Community Learning Courses

October 25, 2018

In Community Learning courses, you can connect your liberal arts courses with on-the-ground projects in partnership with Hartford organizations. At Tr...

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Meet the Team: Carlos Espinosa

October 25, 2018

Carlos Espinosa has been Director of Trinfo Cafe for 18 years and now also serves as Director of the Office of Community Relations. Tell us about your...

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Meet the Team: Arianna Basche

October 25, 2018

Arianna Basche is the Program Manager at Trinfo.Café & the Office of Community RelationsTell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where do yo...

Action Lab

Designing Community Learning: “Analyzing Schools” with Professor Stefanie Wong

October 17, 2018

Photo: Standing outside Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker, from L – R, Professor Stefanie Wong, Rob Johnson (8th grade teacher), Ann...

Action Lab

After School with Organized Parents Make a Difference (OPMAD)

October 16, 2018

Last week, Trinfo cafe kicked off its after school programming with community partner, Organized Parents Make a Difference (OPMAD). Trinity student, K...

Action Lab

Community Learning with the CT Fair Housing Center

October 16, 2018

In the video above, Stefanie Chambers (Professor of Political Science at Trinity) and Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens ’13 (Community Outreach and Education Co...

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Civic Engagement and Free Speech: Trin Talks

October 16, 2018

Last week, ConnPIRG and the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement hosted the first “Trin Talk” of the semester, with the evening’s question...

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Action Lab Student and Faculty Applications Due Wednesday Oct 24th

October 13, 2018

Photo above: Members of the Hartford Resident Advisory Board reviewing Action Lab proposals with Director Megan Brown.The Liberal Arts Action Lab rece...

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ConnectiKids Celebrates 40 Years in Asylum Hill

October 12, 2018

Photo: ConnectiKids at their annual celebration in 2017. Photo credit to ConnectiKids, Inc. Tomorrow marks the 40th birthday of our community partners...

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HMTCA to Trinity: Bea Dresser

October 9, 2018

Photo: HMTCA graduate Bea Dresser and Urban Educational Initiatives Director, Robert Cotto, Jr. at HMTCA graduation. Bea Dresser ’22 is a current Trin...

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CHER September 2018 Newsletter

September 24, 2018

Leer en español We proudly announce the launch of the new Center for Hartford Engagement and Research at Trinity College! CHER coordinates five core p...

CHER News

Music, Food, Gardens, and Bees: Curbside Chef’s Harvest Festival with the Green Team

September 21, 2018

School is back in session, which means Trinfo Cafe and the community garden are a central Trinity and community spot. Last week we hosted the Green Te...

CHER News

Announcing the Fall 2018 Community Learning Research Fellows!

September 20, 2018

We are excited to announce the Fall 2018 Community Learning Research Fellows! These student fellows collaborate with Hartford-area community partners ...

CHER News

Trinity College Welcomes HMTCA Students – Fall ’18

September 18, 2018

Last week, classes began at Trinity College for the Fall 2018 semester. As part of a unique partnership with Trinity College, students from Hartford M...

CHER News

20th Annual Do-It Day!

September 18, 2018

On Saturday September 8th, hundreds of Trinity students spent their afternoons volunteering with Hartford community partners on a ton of projects. Som...

Action Lab

Action Lab Accepting Proposals for Spring 2019 – Due September 28

September 18, 2018

The Liberal Arts Action Lab is excited to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the Spring 2019 semester. The deadline to submit is Septemb...

CHER News

Announcing Community Learning Faculty Fellows for 2018-19

September 18, 2018

Photo: Professors Megan Brown (L) and Carol Clark (R) work with Trinity students (Michelle Treglia ’18, Grace Metry ’18, and Jillian Ramsay ’18) on po...

CHER News

Jumping into Action: Community Action Gateway Students Attend Stowe Prize Events

September 18, 2018

Photo: Students from the Community Action Gateway and Professor Serena Laws after the Stowe Prize Action Fair and Discussion Events.  The 2018-19 Comm...

CHER News

Trinity Creates Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER)

September 18, 2018

Bringing Together Five Community Engagement Programs Nominations for CHER Hartford-Resident Advisory Board Members Sought by September 15 Image above:...

CHER News

Fall 2018 Community Learning Course Support, Events, and News

September 18, 2018

As we begin the semester, here are a few reminders about Community Learning resources and upcoming events. Community Learning courses build reciprocal...

Action Lab

Student Spotlight: Garret Forst ’19 on Working on the 500 Cities Data Challenge

September 18, 2018

Garret Forst, a Trinity College rising senior, reflects on his collaboration between the Liberal Arts Action Lab and the Connecticut Data Collaborativ...

CHER News

Apply by August 15th to join CLiFF Faculty Fellows

September 18, 2018

We invite newer faculty to join our first cohort of Community Learning Faculty Fellows (CLiFF). Between 4-6 fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend to p...

CHER News

Hip Hop, Hartford and the Power of Digital Storytelling

September 18, 2018

Photo: On location at Heaven Skatepark with Giana Moreno ’20, Juanita Chislom aka Empress Nijuabi, and Isabel Exstein ’19. Trinity College Professor S...