The Kellogg award
will continue the work supported by the Foundation’s previous
five-year, $5.1 million initiative, which played a vital role in
connecting the College to its surrounding neighborhoods. As noted by
Jim Trostle, Director of Urban Initiatives, “The Kellogg Foundation
has given the College this vote of confidence in our urban work.
Faculty, staff, students, administrators, and our neighbors in
Hartford are all participating in this project. The extension of
Kellogg funding will help us create the administrative and financial
base to ensure that the college’s urban engagement will continue for
the foreseeable future.”
To date, Kellogg
funding has helped Trinity create a nationally recognized Smart
Neighborhood Initiative to provide information technology to the
surrounding neighborhood, establish a Cities Data Center that supports
teaching and scholarship; assess community needs, manage the Learning
Corridor, and build positions of leadership within the College
designed to strengthen urban studies and community learning.
The bridge grant
will help the College anchor these successful endeavors within the
curriculum under the leadership of Trostle, who will work to increase
coherence among urban offices and programs while guiding analysis and
interpretation of evaluation data gathered as part of the earlier
project. Funds from the bridge grant will continue technology
education efforts under way at Trinfo Café, the community technology
center that serves as the cornerstone of the Smart Neighborhood
Initiative. Trinity Center for Neighborhoods (TCN) will augment the
flow of students and ideas from campus into Hartford and back. Efforts
to keep the city as a center of the curriculum will also grow during
the bridge period through efforts to refine Trinity’s Community
Learning Initiative (CLI).
The Cities Data
Center (CDC) will continue to collaborate with local community groups
on datasets focusing on topics like housing, crime, and education that
can assist in scholarship and community research. Other efforts to
build neighborhood capacity will be spread through a variety of
offices at the College, focusing on technology, fundraising, and
organizational development, helping community groups to become
stronger partners while simultaneously working to revitalize the
city’s South End.
continue to be a key element of the bridge grant, helping the College
decide how best to integrate its urban programs into the curriculum.
The bridge period will also be a time for the College to share its
learning through articles, conference presentations, visits to other
campuses, and an edited volume documenting the project’s work.
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