About the Center

 Supported by a Mellon Foundation grant and endowed funds, the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) at Trinity College was formally established in October 2007. The center plays a central role in advancing Trinity's strategic urban-global mission by linking the College's academic programs on campus, its engaged learning in the city of Hartford, and its extended educational opportunities in the world. CUGS has developed a symbiotic and mutually beneficial nexus between teaching and research through an intellectually coherent and professionally relevant urban curriculum and collaborative research involving Trinity students, faculty, and international partners. This strong link between teaching and research distinguishes CUGS from other centers at Research I universities and liberal arts colleges. Our urban curriculum balances and integrates both interdisciplinary learning in the liberal arts tradition and practical training for careers in urban planning and related fields. The center catalyzes research projects that tackle some of hte most pressing urban and global issues such as social inequality, cultural identity, and environmental degredation. The Center's research has received funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, Urban Studies Foundation, the Thomas Urban China Teaching and Research Endowment, and the Scott Micahel Johnson '97 Memorial Fund for Rescue Scholars. CUGS has worked closely with a wide range of local and global partners, such as the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the MetroHartford Alliance, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Zanzibar Commission for Lands, Fudan and Tongji Universities in Shanghai, Shenzhen University in Shenzhen, the African Centre for Cities in Cape Town, University College London, and Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

The Center for Urban and Global Studies supports the Cities first-year gateway program, the Urban Studies major and minor, and the Urban China minor, while working closely with many related academic programs and administrative offices on campus, such as the International Studies Program, Office of Study Away, Liberal Arts Action Lab, and Office of Community Learning. In addition, the center administers a number of student research and engagement grant programs such as the Davis Projects for Peace, the Technos Tour Program, the Tanaka Student Research Fund, the Kelter Fund for Student Urban Research, the Grossman Research Fund for Global Studies, and hte Thomas Urban China Student Research Fund. The center also administers the Kelter Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Studies Program, the Rescue Scholar Prgram, and the Thomas Urban China Visiting Professorship Program in collaboration with Fudan University. The center is directed by Garth A. Myers, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies.