Community Action Gateway Students Start Spring Partnership Projects

After last semester’s successful video projects, students in the Community Action Gateway are starting semester-long research projects with four community partners: Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Make the Road CT, Compass Peacebuilders, and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women. Each of these groups have asked students to conduct research with them and help them present their findings to a larger audience.

Three students talk with two of the Madres Guerreras from Make the Road CT during a fall lunch meeting.
Gateway students talk with Madres Guerreras from Make the Road CT about the lack of interpretation and translation services in Hartford Public Schools.

Over the course of the semester, students will work in teams of 3 or 4 to collaboratively research an issue their partner is working on. For example, students working with Make the Road CT will be investigating the lack of appropriate translation and interpretation in Hartford Public Schools, ranging from not having papers sent home in Spanish to lack of interpretation for parent-teacher conferences and board of education meetings. Students will spend the semester researching best practices, costs, and methods for interpretation and translation in Connecticut Public Schools, providing needed background information for Make the Road CT.

Other projects range from collection examples of digital storytelling programs for teens, analyzing city documents, and planning an event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Over the course of these projects, students are able to get a taste of the depth and complexity of the work that our community partners are doing.  For our partners, we can be a part of helping them reach their goals, and our Community Action students get a chance to build a foundation of community engagement around issues they care about and get to be a small part of creating larger change in the city.

This is the third year that Community Action Gateway students have completed research projects with community partners. Check out previous projects here.

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.