September 2019 Newsletter

It’s been a busy September here at CHER!  New faculty are workshopping ideas for Community Learning courses across disciplines, Community Action students are learning about social change, video creation, and community organizing with their Hartford partners, Research Fellows are taking a deep dive into community based research methods, and more! Take a look below at a few of our September highlights, and if you or your organization are interested in partnering with Trinity College CHER programs, be sure contact us.

Newer Trinity Faculty Design Community Learning Courses

Please join the Community Learning program in celebrating the Trinity College faculty who will be part of the 2019-20 Community Learning Faculty Fellows program! This program was created to support faculty in developing teaching connections with Hartford community partners. Courses range from rhetoric, to public policy, economics, and studio arts. Congratulations to Elise Castillo, Rachel Moskowitz, Ibrahim Shikaki, and Lynn Sullivan. Read more about their courses here.

Community Learning Research Fellows Work With Hartford Partners

We are proud to announce the 2019 Community Learning Research Fellows! This is a competitive program that allows selected students with previous community engagement experience to challenge their learning and perspective by taking on a research or creative project with a Hartford community partner. Fellows will spend their semester collaboratively designing and executing their research projects which cover topics like education funding policy, maternal mortality, ESOL programs, gun violence prevention, national park usage, sexual health education, and child care programs. Read one-paragraph summaries of their projects here. 

Partners Visit Campus to Start Projects with First-Year Community Action Students

This Fall, Professor Stefanie Wong is instructing the Community Action Gateway “Envisioning Social Change.” Through the Fall semester, their assignments will give them an introduction to Hartford: they’ll attend off campus events, visit new places in Hartford, and try out riding the bus around the City. Most importantly, they’ll get to meet and work with community partners at Public Allies CT, the CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund, Night Fall, Make the Road CT, and the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice  to create 1-minute videos. Read more about their work here.

Trinity Do-It Day with Students and Employees

Earlier this month, Trinity celebrated the 21st Annual Do-It Day where over 350 students from Trinity Athletic teams and student groups were placed with 18 different organizations across the City. We caught up with a few of the teams throughout the day– Men’s Swimming was loading furniture for Journey Home, the JELLO Community Service Organization was sanding, priming and cleaning at Place of Grace Food Pantry, Women’s Softball was cleaning up at Bushnell Park, Trinity Employees at Camp Courant, and more. Overall, the 21st Annual Do-It Day was another big success, thanks to our community partners, Trinity Athletics, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement, Office of Community Relations, and the Exempt and Non-Exempt Staff Councils. Read more about the 21st Annual Do-It Day and Employee Do-It Day on our blog.

Submit Proposals to Liberal Arts Action Lab by September 30th

The Action Lab is diving into this semester while preparing for the next. The educational partnership is now accepting proposals for Spring 2020 projects until 9/30, and Hartford community partners are encouraged to read more and apply at  As they’re accepting potential projects for next semester, this semester’s Liberal Arts Action Lab teams have hit the ground running! This week, students are establishing group norms and exploring questions like, “What is the role of research in social change?” as they begin designing their research projects. Through the Fall semester, teams will work to answer the following questions proposed by community partners:

  • SINA: Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance asks for research on the prevalence of absentee-owned, small multi-family properties in the south end to help them strategize about community development plans.

    • Students: Michael Serrano (CCC), Lena Wright (CCC)

  • Active City asks for research about who is and is not participating in organized youth sports in Hartford, hopeful that the information with help them increase participation in organized youth sports and facilitate the development of effective initiatives.

    • Students: Gayler Grace (CCC), Lily Everett (TC ‘20), Erick Peña (TC ‘20), Katie Marlow-Bendick (TC ‘20)

  • CT Coalition to End Homelessness asks for help updating their curriculum and improving their outreach to schools about the estimated 5,000 youth who are experiencing homelessness in the state.

    • Students: Karolina Barrientos (TC ‘22), Clare Donohoe (TC ‘22), Clare Blanchard (TC ‘22), Jeremiah Rodriguez (CCC)

  • Lilly Sin Barreras asks for retrospective research on what went well and what went wrong during the relocation of refugees from Hurricane Maria to Hartford.

    • Students: Christian Gardner (CCC), Maria Martinez (TC ‘22), Olivia Painchaud (TC ‘21)

Trinity-HMTCA Partnership Expands

The start of the school year marked the start of plans for an expanded Early College program at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), thanks to a new 10-year partnership agreement between Hartford Public Schools and Trinity College. Approved earlier this summer by the Hartford Board of Education, the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) lays out plans to expand programming for public high school students on the Trinity campus, increase partner engagement through a new advisory committee, and provide professional development for staff to strengthen their cultural competency. Read more here.

Join us on September 26th for an Open Lecture by Anthony Jack, Author of “The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students.” This event will be held in the Washington Room in Mather Student Center and seating is first come first serve. See details here.

CHER Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

The CHER team is excited to welcome new members for the 2019-20 Advisory Board. The CHER Advisory Board consists of Hartford residents, Trinity faculty & staff, and CHER program leaders who provide feedback about current efforts and offer guidance on future directions for CHER. We are excited to welcome Hartford resident Stacey Lopez ‘11, faculty members Aidalí (Lay) Aponte-Avilés and Rebecca Pappas. Read more about the CHER Advisory board here.

Save the Date: Halloween on Vernon Street Sunday October 27th 1-3:30pm. Trick or treating, games, activities, family friendly.

MOCA Community Cookout at Trinfo.Café. September 29th 2-5pm at 1300 Broad Street. Sponsored by Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), Alpha Pi Kappa, and Trinfo Cafe.

TrinfoBingo. October 4th 5:30-7:30pm at Trinfo Café 1300 Broad Street. Sponsored by S.A.I.L. and Trinfo Café.