Last week, First Year Community Action Gateway students had dinner and shared their final 1-minute videos they made with five Hartford community partners: the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, Night Fall, Make the Road CT, Public Allies CT, and the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice. The room was filled with community partners, current gateway students and alumni, and CHER team members who reflected on the different ways social change is happening in Hartford and how we tell that story. Take a look at a video recap of the group’s conversation below.
“In Community Action you get to learn about these Hartford stories you wouldn’t typically hear on campus. Once people do community action I know we can’t go back to the bubble and not knowing what’s going on in Hartford. So now I feel lucky when I’m in a class that has a community component.” – Wendy Salto ’22
And, take a look at each Community Action Gateway group’s 1-minute videos below.
Katal Center for Health, Equity & Justice: Community Organizing and Building Power
By Riley Nichols ’23, Tiana Sharpe ’23, and Makayla Boucher ’23
I just want to appreciate all the students who are here doing this because this is not a game. These are the lives that we live every single day as residents who live, work or worship in the city of Hartford. And I know you guys are here for four years, but it just shows your commitment to actually disrupting power. And so I’m super grateful” – Kenyatta M. Thompson, Sr. Community Organizer Katal Center
“As somebody who wants to continue to learn about nonprofits and community organizers and see how they change the communities around them, working with Katal was just such an inspiring experience. Seeing that change it can start just with a small community conversation, and then go on to change policy and and affect so many people was just really inspiring.” – Makayla Boucher ’23
Night Fall: Community Arts and Performance
By Addison Cox ’23, Catherine Doyle ’23, and Micaela Rufus ’23
“They got me thinking about things like, how do we define community? We want you to be part of Hartford when you’re here and I think having a meaningful, active, authentic presence in the city while you’re here is what you all are doing, and that’s why you guys are the kind of students I want to be hanging out with.” – Jennifer Crookes-Carpenter, Night Fall
Make the Road Connecticut: Madres Guerreras – Warrior Mothers
Josh Jacoves ’23, Leslie Macedo ’23, and Citlalli Rojas Huerta ’23
“It’s about meeting people where they are in communities where they are. And I think that this is exactly what should be happening consistently all over the place. Relationships, connections…We need to talk more. We need to come together more like this and see how much power we have together. And I like what Joshua was talking about. He was thinking to be thinking at the legislative level and thinking about policy change? And so we talked about, you know, social change begins there because that’s what we need to be thinking about. Here we are. How do we get there? How do we get our places together so that we can’t make change?” -Norma Martinez-Hosang, Make the Road CT
CT Women’s Education & Legal Fund: Legal Education, Public Policy, and Leadership
By Reagan Flynn ’23, Camm Mattison ’23, and Allie Rau ’23
“I also work in Development and love to hear other people talk about how we see people connecting to our mission and the most important parts of our work and fulfilling their aspirations. So I want us to continue to tell the stories from the perspective of the people who have received our services.” – Meg Dubois, CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund
“When you first start Community Action it can be overwhelming to meet so many new people and figure out the bus and how to get around and film for a video, but then you meet your community partners and build your own relationships and get out in Hartford. I really wish more people had this kind of experience early on in college.” -Reagan Flynn ’23
Public Allies CT: Creating a Just and Equitable Society and the Diverse Leadership to Sustain It
Thank you to everyone who attended the Shareback Dinner! This is the third year that Community Action Gateway students have created videos for community partners. Check out videos from 2018 and 2017. If you are interested in learning more about how to apply for the Community Action Gateway for 2020-21 or in partnering with Gateway (or other Trinity) students, contact Director Megan Faver Hartline.