Trinity’s Campaign for Community

Launched by President Joanne Berger-Sweeney in the spring of 2015, the Campaign for Community is a student-led initiative to build the community we wish to be: one characterized by respect, inclusion, and collaborative partnership. Last fall semester, students identified means of becoming that community, and in the spring, ideas were sorted and implementation got underway. “Living the Vision” is the theme of the Campaign for Community during the fall semester. Having claimed the community we wish to be and crafted ways to become that community, we challenge ourselves to live our vision.

The Campaign for Community is now seeking student leaders to comprise five Student Working Groups this fall. All students are invited to volunteer to serve in a small group of peers to carry forward the ideas and implementation of ideas generated in the Campaign’s first year.

This is an opportunity for any student to help shape campus life. All students are eligible, including those involved in the Campaign at any point last year, as well as those who have had no interaction with this initiative yet. The Campaign is looking for diverse perspectives from students across academic disciplines, extracurricular activities, and interests.

The areas of focus of the Student Working Groups for this semester are:

Diversity Education Resources: Provide fresh perspectives and align resources to honor and support students of color and LGBTQ students. A project underway for this group already is to work in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning to help new faculty adopt inclusive pedagogy.

The Pulse: Initiate and support substantive dialogue among students about events on our campus, in Hartford, and the global community.

School Pride: Preserve Trinity traditions and craft new stories of our life together. Projects for this group already underway include revamping Homecoming and envisioning how the newly-renovated Cave space can be used to foster community among all members of the campus.

Addressing Sexual Misconduct: Devise creative ways to encourage campus-wide participation in changing campus culture and preventing sexual misconduct.

Wellness: Promote a holistic approach to life within a demanding residential learning environment.

To volunteer to participate in leading the Campaign for Community this fall semester, send an e-mail to Chaplain Read at allison.read@trincoll.edu.

If you have questions about how to get involved, the student leadership team can be reached via e-mail at campaign.community@trincoll.edu.

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