About

Center for Hartford Engagement and Research strengthens educational partnerships between Hartford’s diverse communities and students, staff, and faculty at Trinity College. CHER coordinates the work of five core programs below, and assesses Trinity’s engagement with the city.

CHER Director Professor Jack Doughertyjack.dougherty@trincoll.edu
CHER Communications and Data Assistant Erica Crowley — 70 Vernon Street (beginning August 20th)

Community Learning fosters academic connections with Hartford partners to deepen experiential learning through collaboration and perspective-building relationships. Includes Community Action first-year gateway and Public Humanities Collaborative summer research.

Associate Director Megan Faver Hartline: megan.hartline@trincoll.edu — 860-297-2583‬ — 70 Vernon Street

Community Service and Civic Engagement supports student-led organizations that build strong, sustainable partnerships with neighborhoods and organizations across Hartford.

Director Joe Barber: joseph.barber@trincoll.edu — 860-297-4256 — Mather Student Center, lower level

Liberal Arts Action Lab investigates problems identified by Hartford partners, with research teams of students and faculty from Capital Community College and Trinity College, to propose solutions that will strengthen the city.

Director Megan Brown: megan.brown@trincoll.edu — 860-297-2556 — 10 Constitution Plaza, downtown Hartford

Trinfo.Cafe bridges the digital divide with a neighborhood internet cafe that provides computer literacy training for Hartford youth, adults, small businesses, and non-profit organizations; provides space to community groups for meetings; and a community garden that brings together residents alongside Trinity students, staff, and faculty.

Director Carlos Espinosa: carlos.espinosa@trincoll.edu — phone: 860-297-2127 — 1300 Broad Street

Urban Education Initiatives connects the college community with nearby public schools, such as the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), a grade 6-12 interdistrict magnet school with city and suburban students in an early college program.

Director Robert Cotto Jr.: robert.cotto@trincoll.edu — 860-297-4010‬ — 70 Vernon Street

CHER reports to the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity College

See also: Office of Community RelationsCenter for Student Success and Career Development — Center for Caribbean StudiesCenter for Teaching + LearningCenter for Urban + Global Studies