Thank you for tuning in to the Navigating College Transitions with Student Success webinar! As promised, here is a list of questions and answers that our panelists were unable to address during our session. If you were unable to join the webinar, please watch the recording below to learn more about the support offered by the Office of Student Success.

Can you talk specifically about how students can begin to engage with SS? Does it happen during orientation?

Students can begin to engage with the Office of Student Success as soon as they become a member of the Trinity community and many do! The Office of Student Success loves to meet with students and families during the summer to begin to help connect them with resources and tools that lead to successful transitions to college. While we are unsure whether or not we will be on campus, we can be reached at student-success@trincoll.edu or 860-297-5274!

How do you support students with disabilities?

Trinity is committed to accommodating students’ unique needs, and the Office of Student Success works collaboratively with the Student Accessibility Resource Center and Lori Clapis who coordinates all services related to requests for accommodations.

What kinds of socialization activities are there in the first week of school?

Trinity hosts a New Student Orientation that is designed to prepare incoming students and families with a better understand and preparation for the goals and expectations of college life. Orientation focuses on building community and is facilitated both by professional and student staff from across campus. In addition to First-Year Orientation, Trinity offers multiple pre-orientation programs for students interested in a deeper introduction to campus peers and resources, prior to move-in day.

If a student has chronic health issues, what support does Student Services provide?

The student Health Center will be the primary resource for students with health concerns, and it shares affiliation with Hartford Healthcare. The Center serves as a primary care office, similar​ to a home physician’s office. Urgent and emergent care is referred off campus to local providers.

Do students have to sign up for workshops with Student Success?

We are best prepared to provide students with the most valuable trainings and workshops, by being adequately resourced. Having a sense of how many people to expect allows us to secure a sufficient amount of supplies and materials, which often includes refreshments, books/journals, writing implements, and facilitation staff. Pre-registration is often requested.

How do you help international students to become familiar with US culture and to live with others on campus? Is there any special support for them?

Yes! Trinity’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) assists international students from the time that they commit to Trinity College. The OISS supports students with topics ranging from immigration-related matters to international student-related initiatives and groups, and they host a pre-orientation for international students, as well.

Due to the closing of colleges and missing accepted student days, how can I help my daughter feel Trinity is a good fit for her socially?

Many of Trinity’s on-campus initiatives have been moved online, and we encourage you to remain connected! Currently, we are offering virtual information sessions, admitted student webinars and one-on-one chats with current students and counselors!

Are you doing anything this summer in-person?

While we hope to be back on campus in the summer, we are continuing to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19. To stay connected with Trinity and find the most recent updates on COVID-19, click here.

How do you support minority students?

The Office of Student Success is dedicated to supporting all Trinity students, connecting them with tools, skills, and resources to help them navigate college transitions. One of our premier offerings is the First Gen Pre-orientation program for new Bantams who are first in their families to graduate from college. Among our campus partners, The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion–comprised of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Queer Resource Center, and the Women and Gender Resource Action Center–works collaboratively to help all members of the Trinity College community feel included and resourced sufficiently to thrive. Related initiatives and programs include The P.R.I.D.E. Welcome Weekend and community and cultural houses.

How do you support students with current mental health issues? Do you help connect students with professionals in the Hartford area if an area of specialty is needed?

The Trinity Counseling and Wellness Center provides a full range of counseling and psychological services to all students. Services offered by the Center are free and may include direct counseling support and/or referral to a local provider. All contact with members of the Center staff is privileged and confidential as provided by law.

What does Trinity do to help students navigate the career world/get internships?

Trinity’s Career Development team assists students throughout each stage of their Trinity experience and provides support through a variety of programs, connections to the alumni network, close relationships with influential employers, and support from Trinity families. To learn more about Career Development and the programming offered, click here.