Named for Trinity traditions and historical legacies, the Nests foster community among our students.

The Bantam Network encompasses 5 Nest pairings, each functioning as a coordinated network of care for our students. Each Nest contains a unique support system of Nest Advisors and Community Mentors. These advisors and mentors help guide students as they navigate the rewards and complexities of collegiate life.

Through the Nests, we foster community by grouping together students across different academic disciplines and engaging them in on-campus programming, exploration of Hartford, and experiential learning opportunities.

Explore The Nests

All new students entering the College are placed into a Nest. While Nest placement for first-year students are based on their selection of the First-Year Seminar, transfer students are often placed in Nests associated with their Faculty Advising Fellow. Nest Advisors and Community Mentors nurture and maintain relationships with students as they move through their time at Trinity.

Nest Advisors

The Nest Advisors serve as a network of care, helping guide students as they navigate the rewards and complexities of their Trinity experience. Through their Nest, students are connected to a:

  • Nest Dean
  • Residential Learning Coordinators-TRINsition Fellows
  • Faculty Advising Fellow
Community Mentors

An extension of the network of care, the Community Mentors  serve are peers mentors within the Residential Communities and First Year Seminar classrooms. Through their Nest, students are connected to a:

  • Resident Advisors
  • P.R.I.D.E. Leaders
  • First-Year Mentors

Book Nest references the college’s oldest continuously observed tradition. During the Matriculation ceremony, each incoming first-year student is asked to sign the matriculation declaration, otherwise known as “The Character and Standing Rules,” first penned in 1826. Held annually in our historic Chapel, this book signing is the symbolic act of enrolling at the college and indicates the official opening of the academic year.

Brownell Nest is named after Trinity’s founder and first president, the Right Reverend Thomas Brownell. A statue of Brownell is situated at the center of the College’s Main Quadrangle, overlooking students at Convocation and Commencement.


Cannon Nest is named for the two cannons located on the Main Quadrangle. They were salvaged from the steam powered U.S.S. Hartford and gifted to the college, memorializing those Trinity students who served their country. Among those who served is the nephew of Trinity’s founder, The Right Reverend Thomas Brownell.

Lockwood Nest is named for Theodore D. Lockwood ’48, H’81, who served as Trinity’s 15th president. He presided over the college during a time that saw the inception of co-education and an increase in admittance of students of color.

Elms Nest references Trinity’s  famous elm trees, planted in the shape of a “T” on the Main Quadrangle. All Bantams are also familiar with the school’s alma mater, “‘Neath the Elms,” written by Trinity student Augustus P. Burgwin in 1882.

Olmsted Nest honors Frederick Law Olmsted, American landscape architect, journalist, social critic, and public administrator. He had a hand in shaping the campus we love and is otherwise known for his co-design of Central Park in New York City, among other famous parks. 


Lemon Nest harkens back to Class Day in 1857, when a senior presented a wooden lemon squeezer to the Class of 1859 as recognition of the sophomores’ “aggregate excellence in scholarship” and “moral character.” From that day forward, every Class Day included a ceremonial passing down of the lemon squeezer to the most popular rising class. Today, that very lemon squeezer makes an appearance annually during Convocation, a tradition that is followed by lemonade for all.

Washington Nest refers to Trinity College’s original name being Washington College,  when it was founded in 1823. The school’s name was dubbed Trinity in 1845 in reference to its’ Episcopal roots and to differentiate itself from other institutions known as Washington.


Minty Nest honors President Berger-Sweeney, who introduced the  student competition that resulted in the Bantam Network. The Minty Nest is named for her beloved golden Labrador, Minty. Students, faculty, and staff alike often see Minty being walked across campus.

Roosevelt Nest is named for the Luther-Roosevelt stone, which was laid in 1919 after Theodore Roosevelt delivered the Commencement address in 1918, at the request of then college president Flavel S. Luther. Trinity students have since observed the tradition of never stepping on the stone before their Commencement ceremony.

Nest Advisors

Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: Dr. Jody T. Goodman, Dean of Student Life and Director, The Bantam Network
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellow: Sheila Njau ’17 M’19
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. Lisa-Anne Foster, Associate Professor of Biology and Director, The Center For Academic Advising

“Our best advice to students – take a risk. If you never challenge yourself, you may never realize your full potential. So take a chance, take a risk, step outside your comfort zone. You may surprise yourself.”

Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: Robert Lukaskiewicz, Dean of Community Life and Standards
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellow: Yasmin Affey ’19
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. Daniel Mrozowski, Academic Director of Graduate Studies and Lecturer in English

Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: Dr. Ann E. Reuman, Senior Associate Dean and Special Assistant to the VP for Student Success and Enrollment Management
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellow: Elijah Hernandez ’19
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. Paula Russo, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Dean: John Selders, Assistant Dean and Coordinator of Student Standards
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellow: Joel Copperthite
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Dr. Aidali Aponte-Aviles, Lecturer and Language Coordinator in Language and Culture Studies

Nest Advisors (From Left to Right)
  • Nest Deans: John Selders, Assistant Dean and Coordinator of Student Standards                                                           Dr. Jody T. Goodman, Dean of Student Life and Director, The Bantam Network
  • Residential Learning Coordinator-TRINsition Fellow: Daniel Levy
  • Faculty Advising Fellow: Ethan Rutherford, Associate Professor of English