Carlos Espinosa has worked at Trinity College for nearly 20 years and is currently Director of Trinfo Cafe and the Office of Community Relations.
Tell us about your work at Trinity and in the community. What does a day in the life look like for you?
A typical day is very high paced. Trinfo has merged with the Office of Community Relations which requires me to think more deliberately about where opportunities arise for collaboration across programmatic pieces. Some opportunities I’ve been thinking about include how to offer Trinfo’s technical skills in building WordPress websites for community organizations in Hartford, and how to strengthen the core community relationships we have within the Neighborhood Revitalization Zone groups in the neighborhoods that surround the College. The merger’s timing collided with a staff departure which offered another opportunity to strategically restructure staffing support for Trinfo and OCR. I’ve been the principle trainer of Trinfo’s new Program Manager and I have been learning the inner workings of OCR’s duties as director. Overall, there has been quite a bit of relearning old duties while learning new skills at the same time. I am able to see new opportunities that not only deepen the connections between Trinfo.Cafe and OCR, but also look for ways to create new connections between CHER’s programs and its broader academic mission to create learning opportunities for Trinity’s students through deliberate engagements with Hartford’s residents and organizations.
Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Hartford, not too far from campus in the Behind the Rocks neighborhood.
What are your interests and passions?
My interests range broadly between geeking out on old muscle cars and classic video games to civic engagement around politics and life in Hartford.
What is your favorite part about your job and/or one of your favorite memories?
My favorite part about my job is that no two days are seemingly the same. That constant along with the enthusiasm of college students keeps me energized.