The Center for Hartford Engagement and Research invites students and faculty sponsors to apply for either or both of two competitive Fall 2019 research programs: Community Learning Research Fellows and the Liberal Arts Action Lab.
In the Community Learning Research Fellows students collaborate with a Hartford area-community partner and a Trinity College faculty sponsors on a research or creative project. This program includes a 0.5 credit addition to a senior thesis, independent study, internship, or Community Learning course. Fellows will attend a weekly seminar Fridays 12-1pm. Students can propose your own project with a community partner or choose from one of the possible projects below. To be eligible, Trinity students must be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors, who have already completed a Community Learning course or participated in a community engagement project while studying abroad. Possible partners/projects for Fall 2019 include:
- Connecticut Against Gun Violence and Hartford Communities That Care: Firearm Safe Storage
- Park Watershed: Documenting Ecosystem Benefits of Forests Along a Stream Corridor
- YWCA Hartford Region: Maternal Mortality Among Women of Color in the Greater Hartford Area
- City of Hartford Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez: Determining Feasibility of Bilingual Education in Hartford
- City of Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs: Needs-Based Rationale for Public Art
- Or propose your own research or creative project with a Hartford community partner.
For more information and to apply for the Community Learning Research Fellows visit https://cher.trincoll.edu/fellows and contact Professor Laura.Holt@trincoll.edu with any questions. The application deadline is Sunday March 31st.
In the Liberal Arts Action Lab, Hartford community partners define problems facing the city and collaborate with 4-6 person teams of students and faculty from Trinity College and Capital Community College to research and publicly share solutions. Students must be available to enroll in two Action Lab courses: LAAL 200 Action Research Methods in Hartford (for all students on Monday afternoons, around 1-4pm) and an LAAL 201 Hartford Research Project team (6 students, meets either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoons, around 1-4pm, or Wednesday evenings, around 6:30-9:10pm). Both will be taught by the Action Lab Director, Megan Brown, at our downtown campus, and successful students will earn 2 Trinity credits, which is the equivalent of 6 CCC credits. Cross-referenced Action Lab courses count toward Trinity majors in Ed Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy & Law, and Urban Studies, and some other majors. Fall 2019 Action Lab proposals include:
- Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA): Researching Absentee Landlords and Informing Community Development
- Active City: Increasing Youth Sports Participation in Hartford
- Lilly Sin Barreras: Relocation Post Hurricane Maria
- Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness: Research and Outreach for the 5,000 CT youth who are experiencing homelessness.
- National Park Service: Measuring Park Usage and Directing Resources
- Hartford 2000: Asset Mapping and Leverage for Community Development
To apply for the Liberal Arts Action Lab visit https://action-lab.org/apply/students/ and contact Action Lab Director Megan.Brown@trincoll.edu with questions. The application deadline is Sunday March 31st.