Please join the Community Learning program in celebrating the Trinity College faculty who will be part of the 2021-22 Community Learning Faculty Fellows program! This program introduces faculty to community engagement pedagogy and supports them in designing a Community Learning component to be taught in an upcoming course. This year, 6 fellows will receive a stipend to participate in seven one-hour meetings during the academic year. We will discuss best practices for partnering with community organizations, hear from experienced community learning instructors, and workshop plans for their courses. 

This year’s faculty and courses include:

Peter Bent, Assistant Professor of Economics

ECON 342: Macroeconomics Since the 2007-08 Financial Crisis, Spring

This course explores the problems that have faced macroeconomics since the 2007-08 crisis and ensuing recession and the most recent recession due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Students will work with Hartford based housing and economic development organizations to deepen their understanding of the national to local connections.

Kelly Dugan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

CLCV/EDUC 103: Ancient Worlds in Our Community, Fall

This course evolved from an after-school Latin club partnership with 6th grade students at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA). In its new form, now cross-listed with Educational Studies, Trinity students will explore educational theories and methodologies with an emphasis on anti-racist pedagogy to design and implement an ancient worlds curriculum for HMTCA middle-school students who will earn a recognition of Excellence in Ancient Studies jointly from the Trinity College Classical Studies Department and HMTCA.

Hernán Flom, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

POLS 397: Comparative Policing, Spring

This course explores the organization, culture, and structure of police organizations over the globe as well as contentious issues such as corruption, police violence, reform, and abolition. Students will examine policing structures in Hartford and explore the impact of policing on the community and how the community confronts these problems from a legal standpoint and grassroots engagement.

Amanda Guzmán, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

ANTH 319: Beyond Traditional: Contemporary Understandings of Puerto Rican Culture, Spring

This course interrogates Puerto Rican culture by shifting from traditional definitions of identity formation to contemporary critiques centering historically marginalized communities amidst ongoing climate and economic precarity. Students will collaborate with local humanities organizations and community artists to develop curated walking tours of Puerto Rican historical and contemporary sites of place-making.

Alexander Helberg, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric

RHET 125: Writing for a Digital World, Spring/Fall

This course gives Rhetoric and Writing and non-majors students hands-on experience working with communication and composition using new media (such as social media, web writing, podcasting, and other emerging digital genres). Students will explore creating content such as promotional materials and podcasts in collaboration with partners focused on food insecurity and food justice in Hartford.

Sally Seraphin, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

NESC 306: Social Neuroscience, Spring

As students explore the brain bases of behavior from dyadic, group, and family interactions to complex cultural phenomena, they will complete a non-disposable assignment (NDA) where they will produce tangible learning objects for youth focused organizations in Hartford, such as an anti-bullying curriculum based on neuroscience.

In the Community Learning Faculty Fellows program, fellows discuss community engagement pedagogy and design a Community Learning component to be taught in one of their upcoming courses. Eligibility is open faculty who are newer to Community Learning and on tenure-track or renewable appointments. To learn more, please visit our website or contact Director of Community Learning Erica Crowley.