Campaign for Community Hosts Student Leadership Summit, Reopening of the Cave

Events Held Early This Semester at Trinity College Encourage Students to Get Involved

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 30, 2016 – Trinity College’s Campaign for Community recently hosted a Student Leadership Summit and the opening of the newly redesigned Cave. The ongoing student-led initiative was created by President Joanne Berger-Sweeney in the spring of 2015. Throughout the semester, Student Working Groups will meet to address different areas of focus to help improve life on campus: diversity education resources, “The Pulse,” school pride, addressing sexual misconduct, and wellness.

On August 30, student leaders from all across campus came together for Trinity’s Student Leadership Summit. The formation of the summit was proposed by one of the Student Working Groups during the Campaign for Community’s first phase last fall.

At the summit, students engaged in reflection on personal leadership, developed individual leadership skills, connected with peers from across Trinity’s diverse community, initiated collaborations for the coming year, heard from alumni about their leadership experience at Trinity and in the professional world, and gained a sense of place and purpose in shaping the broader campus community.

Student leaders invited to the summit included captains of athletic teams, first-year seminar mentors, leaders of Greek-letter organizations and cultural houses, pre-orientation and orientation leaders, P.R.I.D.E. leaders, resident assistants, the Student Government Association’s Executive Board, and the leaders of organizations overseen by S.A.I.L. and recreation, admissions, spiritual and religious life, community service, multicultural affairs, and WGRAC.

Click here to see photos of the Student Leadership Summit.

The Campaign hosted the reopening of the Cave in the lower level of Mather Hall on September 6. Students, faculty, staff, and guests got a first look at the redesigned dining area, sampled the new food options from Trinity College Dining Services, and learned about how to get involved with the Campaign for Community.

Students played a part in every aspect of planning the community space in the Cave, from taste-testing new menu items to selecting paint colors and furniture. The renovated Cave was designed with the Campaign’s ideals of student leadership, collaborative partnership, and inclusion in mind.

Click here to see photos from the reopening of the Cave.

On September 18, Student Working Groups gathered in the Dangremond Family Commons in Hallden Hall to re-launch the Student Working Groups and to provide students interested in joining with information about the Campaign. Students brainstormed ideas about preparing for the semester ahead and were encouraged to think critically about Trinity’s campus community.

Last fall, students identified means of becoming the community they wish to be, and in the spring, ideas were sorted and implementation got under way. This semester the Campaign will emphasize “Living the Vision.” The areas of focus of the Student Working Groups for this semester are listed below:

  • 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 campuswide participation in changing campus culture and preventing sexual misconduct.
  • Wellness: Promote a holistic approach to life within a demanding residential learning environment.

For more information about the Campaign for Community or to join a Student Working Group, click here or e-mail the Campaign’s Student Leadership Team at

Written by Eleanor Worsley ’17