Community Learning at Trinity

What is community learning? At Trinity, we define it as a type of experiential learning—an academic course in which the faculty member works in partnership with a person or group from the local community to involve students in an experience they could not get in the classroom alone. The learning goes both ways, as the students and community residents share knowledge.

Trinity has a long-standing commitment to community learning and serves as a model for other colleges and universities. Our community learning program involves almost all of our academic departments, more than 80 community organizations, and about half of our students. These students overwhelmingly report that participation in community learning increases both their understanding of course material and their awareness of needs in the community. It’s a natural way to connect with people you might not meet otherwise, develop a sense of civic responsibility, and gain the satisfaction of having a hand in creating solutions.


Here’s a sampling of recent community learning courses at Trinity:

​"Analytical Chemistry" ​"Art, Identity, and Community"
​"Cities, Suburbs, and Schools" ​"Ethnomusicology"
​"Gardens and Communities" ​"Hispanic Hartford"
​"Immigrants and Refugees" ​"Introduction to Environmental Science"
​"Organizing by Neighborhood" ​"The Meaning of Money"
​"Urban Politics" ​"Writing Broad Street Stories"

Community Learning Initiative in the news:

CLI Research Fellows December Capstone Conference

Community Learning Initiative Connects Students and the City

Community Learning Spotlight

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Education Through Engagement

Trinity's Community Learning Initiative integrates academic coursework with hands-on projects in Hartford.