About

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

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 Community Learning Research Fellows and Public Humanities Collaborative summer research. Contact Director Megan Faver Hartline.

Community Service and Civic Engagement creates future civic leaders by engaging students in building and maintaining strong, sustainable community partnerships in Hartford, as well as educating and involving them in a range of broader social issues. Contact Director Joe Barber or Assistant Director Beatrice Alicea.

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. Contact Director Megan Brown.

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. Contact Director Carlos Espinosa.

The HMTCA-Trinity Partnership connects the college with Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), a grade 6-12 interdistrict magnet school with city and suburban students in an early college program. Contact Director Robert Cotto Jr.


To learn more, contact CHER Director Jack Dougherty or CHER Communications and Data Assistant Erica Crowley.

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


Are you interested in reserving space at Trinity College? Community and partner organizations wishing to host an event or program should contact Arianna Basche at 860-297-4238, for space requests. For more information, please see the Office of Community Relations website here.