The Center for Caribbean Studies

Artist: Emmanuel Paul. From the Edith A. Graham collection of Haitian Art, Trinity College. Photograph courtesy of Pablo Delano.
The Caribbean region is home to peoples of Indigenous, European, African, Asian, and Middle Eastern heritage. Caribbean cultures have a broad influence on contemporary global cultures to an extraordinary, and often unrecognized, degree. The mission of the Center for Caribbean Studies at Trinity College is to embrace the broader Caribbean—the Greater and Lesser Antilles and coastal regions of Central and South America—as an area for scholarly inquiry with a special focus on inter-Caribbean connectedness, as well as the fluid historical and contemporary ties between the region, its diasporas, and other parts of the world. The Center will also celebrate and study the Caribbean character of the city of Hartford.



  • Embrace the broader Caribbean - the Greater and Lesser Antilles and the coastal regions of Central and South America - as an area for scholarly inquiry with a special focus on inter-Caribbean connectedness, as well as the fluid ties between the region and other parts of the world.
  • Foster the study of Caribbean life and culture in the diaspora.
  • Become a resource for the local Caribbean community, conducting collaborative research, cultural events and exchanges that help to build and strengthen the relations between Trinity and Greater Hartford.
  • Emphasize undergraduate research and internships and student-faculty scholarly projects within Trinity's liberal arts environment.
  • Facilitate and support student-lead interdisciplinary discourse and initiatives about issues affecting the broader Caribbean.
  • Promote new course development on the Caribbean in all academic divisions of the College, and emphasize new curricular connections with the Caribbean character of the greater Hartford area.
  • Encourage and support collaborative research between Trinity faculty, members of neighboring colleges and universities, as well as cultural institutions.
  • Support our existing Caribbean Study Away program and foster other such educative ventures.
  • Sustain existing academic partnerships with Caribbean institutions and foster other collaborative partnerships.
Leslie G. Desmangles, Ph.D.
Director

Priscilla Melandez, Ph.D.
Associate Director

The Center for Caribbean Studies Board:
Professor Leslie G. Desmangles, Director
Professor Priscilla Melandez, Associate Director
Dr. Damaris Whittaker, Senior Minister, Center Church, Hartford
Jason Rojas, Director, Community Relations, Trinity College
Professor Pablo Delano, Professor of Studio Arts
Professor Andrea Dyrness, Professor of Educational Studies
Professor Dario Euraque, Professor of History