April 2019 Newsletter

Come Work with Us: Apply for Assistant Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement by Friday May 24th

We’re hiring a full-time Assistant Director of Community Service and Civic Engagement (CSCE), to join our Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER) team at Trinity College. Help us recruit an outstanding professional to help develop Trinity student civic leadership and strengthen partnerships between campus programs and Hartford’s diverse communities. Review of applications will begin Friday May 24th 2019: https://cher.trincoll.edu/assistant-director-csce-2019/


HMTCA-Trinity Hip Hop Collaboration with Internationally Renowned Choreographer Amirah Sackett  

This semester, Rebecca Pappas organized a collaboration between Trinity College, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, and Amirah Sackett, an internationally renowned B-Girl who explores Muslim identity through hip hop dance. Amirah worked with Jacqueline Kromash ‘19, Gaby Gomez ‘22, Sarah Zhu ‘22, Nicole Saltzman ‘22 and an HMTCA student to prepare a hip hop piece for the 14th Annual Trinity International Hip Hop Festival as well as the Spatial Harmonies Spring Dance Concert coming up on Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th. The collaboration, funded by an Urban Educational Initiatives grant, also brought Hartford residents and students of all ages together for a series of Master Classes at HMTCA and Trinity. Check out photos on our blog: https://cher.trincoll.edu/hmtca-trinity-amirahsackett/


Drop in at the Liberal Arts Action Lab Digital Poster Fair Monday April 29 3-5:30pm

Please join us Monday, April 29th for the Liberal Arts Action Lab Digital Poster Fair at 10 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT. This event is free and open to the public.  Drop in anytime between 3-5:30 pm to see the results of Spring 2019 Action Lab research projects by student teams from Capital Community College and Trinity College:

  • Culinary Careers: Billings Forge Community Works asked, “How can we improve training programs for entry-level food workers to move into middle-income managerial jobs?”  Student research team: Juliana Ankomah, Stephanie Brooks, Sonjah Dessalines, Nelson Neo, and Yinestra West.
  • Latinx Theater: Hartford Stage asked, “How can we connect with Hartford’s Latinx arts community to expand partnerships and programming?” Student research team: Joyce Figueroa-Pomales, Jennifer Medina, and Jackie Monzon.
  • Student Success: The West Indian Foundation asked, “How can we improve the integration of West Indian Children and Families into Hartford-area schools?” Student research team: Shantal Birungi, Allen Bowin, Sydney Pagliocco, and Elizabeth Rousseau.
  • Cove Connection: Riverfront Recapture asked, “What would Hartford residents like to see in a park and trail system?” Student research team: Dawn-Marie Amaro, Lexi Butler, Kirstin Fierro, Brielle Jones, Sarah Lawrence, Kevin Torres.

Community Partners and Trinity Students Attended Workshop by Michelle Day on “Trauma-Informed Community Engagement”

On April 4th, the Community Action Gateway opened its classroom to community partners for a public workshop on “Trauma Informed Community Engagement,” led by Dr. Michelle L. Day. Like many of us doing community engagement work, Michelle understands the importance of acknowledging the pervasiveness and impact of trauma on individuals and communities. Much of the discussion focused on ways to minimize retraumatizing practices and to promote resilience, respect, connection and power-sharing in the communities we are living and working in. See slides on our blog: http://bit.ly/TraumaInformed19


Students, Faculty, and Community Partners Celebrate GreenFest on the Main Quad

The 2nd Annual GreenFest took place on April 14th on Trinity’s main quad. The day included speeches by Dr. Amber Pitt, Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez, Hannah Kessel ‘22, Amelia Huba ‘22, and Trinna Larsen ‘20, performances by Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, mason jar decorating with The Fred, and Sustainability Trivia with the TreeHouse. Plus, community partners at Blue Earth Compost staffed the waste stations! Thank you Sustainability at Trinity College, GreenCampus, and all the other groups involved. See the photo gallery and read more on our blog: https://cher.trincoll.edu/greenfest2019/


Community Garden Kicks Off at Trinfo.Café on Saturday April 27th

Trinfo.Café’s Community Garden kick-off event is Saturday April 27th 10am-1pm. Currently 85% of plots are full with a mix of residents, Trinity faculty and staff, and community groups serving youth. The remaining plots will be open on a first come/first served basis and residents who sign-up for plots are ensured half a bed from April to October; Watering cans, tools, and some seeds are available if you do not have your own. Learn more by calling (860) 297-2127 or visiting trinfocafe.org.


Hartford Real Estate Research Symposium

Dr. Emily Yen’s students in “The Politics of Real Estate” Community Learning course will present their research projects on May 2nd from 5:30-8PM in Hallden Hall on Trinity College’s Campus. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Celebrate Undergraduate Short Films from Around the World at the 8th Annual Trinity Film Festival at Cinestudio May 4th

Admission is free with a Trinity ID or any student ID. General admission is $15 and $10 for Seniors. Find more information at www.trinfilmfestival.org