Learning fosters academic collaborations among students, faculty and community
partners by extending the boundaries of the classroom into the local community.
These collaborations deepen students’ abilities to comprehend, apply,
synthesize, and evaluate their learning, while at the same time creating and
sharing knowledge with others, which has the potential to inform and improve
life in our communities. Community
Learning is not limited to a specific area of study: it serves all students, regardless of their
discipline, from their first year seminars through senior projects. It deepens students’ commitment to the values
of the liberal arts by promoting thoughtful, reflective learning, while
cultivating civic engagement and commitment to social responsibility that has
the potential to transform students’ understanding of the world and their role
Trinity’s CLI was unveiled in the fall of 1995 at an event attended by twenty-five interested faculty members. CLI offered training for students, logistical support, and curricular ideas for faculty. By the spring, several courses with community learning components were scheduled.
Today, CLI features some 30 courses each year and serves as a model for other colleges and universities. Our community learning program involves almost all of our academic departments and a wide variety of community organizations. About half of each graduating class has completed at least one CLI course.