Community Learning Initiative Research Fellows Present Final Research Projects

Trinity College Students Connect Academic Scholarship with Needs of Community Partners

​Hartford, Connecticut, January 11, 2017 – Trinity College’s Community Learning Initiative (CLI) welcomed community partners, faculty members, staff members, and friends to its annual “Presentations of Community-based Student Research” on December 13, 2016. This was the culminating event of the semester for the CLI research fellows, who worked on their research projects for several months.

​Left to right: CLI Research Fellow Cara Midlige '17 with her faculty adviser, Professor of Educational Studies Jack Dougherty, and community partners Cecilia Schlossberg, Kathy Evans, and Nancy Mendez, who are members of the Southwest and Behind the Rocks NRZ’s Education Committee. Photo by John Atashian
During the fall semester, students involved in the Research Fellows Program not only participated in several skills-building workshops on community-based research (e.g., IRB process and approval, interviewing, writing for the Web, etc.), but also conducted independent research under the guidance of a faculty adviser and a community partner. The diverse research topics pursued by the students included a study of school choice amongst Spanish-speaking parents in Hartford, an inquiry into the declining use of dental services by Medicaid enrollees, and an examination of the differences between refugee and non-refugee populations living in Hartford, among other subjects. This public event held at the Dangremond Family Commons in Hallden Hall North offered students the chance to share and discuss the findings of their community-based, semester-long research projects with a broad audience.

According to Associate Professor of Psychology David Reuman, the faculty coordinator for the Research Fellows Program, the event was a success. “The Community Learning Research Fellows Program helps students bridge academic scholarship with specific needs of community partners,” Reuman said. “The fellows come away with new insights about community-based research and the community partners are able to benefit from research findings that answer important questions.” Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Tim Cresswell were among the guests who came to see the students’ final products.

Four research fellows working on year-long projects will present their final research in spring 2017.

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