Trinity in the Community

Trinity and Hartford share a common heritage. In 1823, citizens outbid New Haven and Middletown to bring the College to the city. Their pledges ensured that the fledgling institution was to be truly a community enterprise. The ensuing two centuries have seen the flourishing of that early partnership to the mutual benefit of both the College and its host city. Within the context of its educational mission, Trinity has a firm institutional commitment to be a contributing citizen of Hartford. Over the past four decades, Trinity has initiated an array of programs expressly directed to the city.

Trinity continues to be a resource for the neighborhood and city particularly for children and families. The College hosts community organizations and programs like ConnectiKids and the Olympic Fever on Ice at Trinity College. ConnectiKids brings more than 40 local fifth graders to campus every week for one-on-one mentoring and tutoring with Trinity students and staff. The Olympic Fever on Ice at Trinity College, a partnership with the State Department of Education and Hartford Public Schools, brings Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, 2006 Winter Olympians and four time U.S. National Ice Dancing Silver Medalists to campus to provide an opportunity for 40 middle-school students from Portland and Hartford to come together to reduce racial and economic isolation while being taught to skate as well as to receive academic mentoring.

Trinity College celebrates 10 years of collaboration with Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford  through the Trinity College Boys and Girls Club. The College continues to provide financial support to the club and also provides opportunities for Trinity students to work and volunteer at the club year around serving and improving the lives of hundreds of neighborhood children.

The Koeppel Community Sports Center opens with more than 10 community groups and 1,000 Hartford school children participating in skating programs. More than 800 students volunteer in the city at least once annually and over 700 undergraduates annually participate in city-related internships and courses. Trinity also enters its 10th year of hosting the Dream Camp for 300 children from Hartford. Working with the Connecticut Council on Humanities, Trinity continues to run a free, 10-month-long humanities program that offers Hartford residents a chance to earn two college credits and an entrée into higher education.

The Community Learning Initiative (CLI) celebrates 10 years with a two-day campus/community symposium encouraging academic collaboration among Hartford Consortium schools and community organizations. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognizes Trinity College for its community engagement. 

SINA successfully completes Phase I of the Cityscape Homes project with the construction and rehabilitation of 31 neighborhood homes. Trinfo.Café donates refurbished computers to all SINA Cityscape homeowners and residents of south Hartford. More than 300 families receive computers and nearly 2,000 individuals get free computer literacy training.

Groundbreaking for the Community Sports Complex, a partnership between SINA and Trinity College. The multiple-use athletic facility will serve primarily as a skating center and provide safe recreational space for Hartford children, families, and the surrounding area. 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation awards Trinity $1.6 million bridge grant to support continued urban engagement initiatives. In addition to maintaining and expanding existing community programs, the award increases the level of community-based learning and involvement at the College and evaluates the institution’s urban initiatives. The Saturday Academy receives state funding for continued success with educating middle school students and their parents.

The Rockefeller Foundation's Partnerships in Community Transformation program awards the Hartford Studies Project (HSP) $100,000 for the Hartford 1969/2004: a community documentary film project, toward the completion of a documentary and public film archive on the recent history of the city. The grant is received in conjunction with the HSP's work with nine community partners: NAACP, Hartford Public Library, SAND, CRT, La Voz, Shiloh Baptist Church, Broad Park Development Corporation, All Our Children, and Walk in the Light Ministries. The award is part of a $219,000 package, supplemented by $48,000 of in-kind support from Motion, Inc., and ongoing support from the College.

Trinity receives a Mutual of America Community Partnerships Award for its work with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford. Trinity partners with SINA to improve employment services and programs in the community. The continued growth of Trinity's global sites increases opportunities for urban engagement in locations around the world: Barcelona, Santiago, Moscow, Trinidad, Istanbul, Katmandu, Cape Town, and Rome.

The Marie and John Zimmermann Fund of New York awards Trinity a $330,000 grant to establish a tutoring and mentoring program enabling Trinity undergraduates to work with Hartford Magnet Middle School students, located on the Learning Corridor. SINA receives the American Architectural Foundation award for bringing together public and private sector institutions in a community building effort.

The Cities Data Center produces the first edition Hartford Primer & Field Guide, which provides Trinity and the community with essential data about Hartford and the region. Trinfo.Café begins offering a Computer Technician Apprenticeship Program for Hartford teens, with assistance from Computers4Kids.

American Planning Association awards Trinity and SINA its “Outstanding Planning Award” in recognition of comprehensive community improvement initiatives. The Learning Corridor opens for classes serving approximately 800 students with overall operations provided by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). Pre-programming begins in anticipation of construction of the Aetna Center for Families to provide parenting, pediatric wellness, school readiness, and childcare programs on The Learning Corridor campus. Trinfo.Café opens adjacent to The Learning Corridor and offers technical support, Web design, computer literacy and professional development workshops, and computer hardware to neighborhood residents, community organizations, and businesses.

Read more about key dates in Trinity's history with the community.