These days, there’s always something happening at Trinfo.Café. This semester, Trinfo.Café continued its student leadership initiative as part of a commitment to establishing Trinfo as a broad use community space. In addition to greeting community guests, teaching computer literacy, and offering drop-in tech help, Trinfo.Café student workers are taking on the task of independently organizing free public events for the Trinity and Hartford community.
This semester they’re set to offer about 10 community events ranging from discussions and lectures, arts and activities, fitness and health, and more. Over the past few weeks, Trinfo student leaders also helped to organize TrinfoBingo with S.A.I.L. and LGBTQ+ movie night with Trinity College EROs and the Queer Resource Center.
“An audience of Trinity students and Trinfo patrons gathered to watch The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson. We had a reflective conversation on the role of the LGBTQ+ community’s—especially people of color in the transgender community-historically under-recognized role in the gay rights movement and their general plight for queer liberation.” – Bea Dresser ’22
This was a great opportunity to gather as a community and both learn and reflect on the significance of pivotal activists such as Marsha P. Johnson in order to close out the end of LGBTQ+ History Month.
Last week, we caught up with Mary Meza Celis ‘22 who has had lots of experience working at Trinfo Café as a student worker and through the VITA Tax Clinic. Mary’s studies focus on environmental science and psychology (plus she’s taking the Theater & Dance Class “Principles of Body Movement”) so she decided to organize a yoga class at Trinfo to focus on mind-body connections and wellness in the community. Thank you Gabby Nelson for teaching!
The Trinfo students are encouraged to put themselves in the shoes of someone else — “What’s an event I might like to go to on a Friday night? What’s something that’s both educational, fun, and builds community?” — and then the dates start going on the calendar. From start to finish, student leaders are deciding on advertising, flyers and posters, icebreakers, food, photos, and other items needed to make their event a success.
“I think Trinfo’s effort of having students organize events where students and people from the community can participate is a positive of the campus. I feel like it can change the college dynamic for the better. Sometimes the campus can feel very exclusive, and for me the [events like this] are like a stress relief because you don’t feel like you’re always in a bubble. I like seeing other people and knowing there are more people I can talk to and more people I can connect with in Hartford.” – Mary Meza Celis ‘22
Thank you Ari Basche, Carlos Espinosa, Trinfo student workers, and many others for making these events possible. There are already more events on the calendar for the rest of the semester!
Upcoming events include:
- Halloween Moonlit Movie Night at Trinfo.Café, 1300 Broad St. on October 25th at 6pm
- Community Paint Night at Trinfo.Café, 1300 Broad St. on November 4th at 6pm
- Halloween on Vernon Street, 70 Vernon Street, on October 27th 1-3:30pm
- Community Open Mic Night with the Mill on Friday November 8th 5:30-7:30