As we have left spring behind and settled into summer, we have sent off another cohort of 20-plus graduates in Urban Studies. While this adds to the total number of more than 170 urban studies majors who have already left Trinity over the past decade, it does not mean a one-way departure for some of them. In fact, two graduates, Mary Daly ’15 and Tom Rice ’17, returned to campus in March as guest speakers in the From Hartford to World Cities class. Both spoke about their senior honors thesis projects based on research in Hartford. While Mary focused on the commercial and social aspects of Park Street, Tom conducted a historical-comparative study of urban renewal in Hartford and Providence. They also shared their graduate studies in landscape architecture and historical preservation at City College and Columbia University, respectively, as well as their urban-related work experiences in New York over the past few years.

Mary Daly ’15 and Rocio Fernandez Gutierrez ’22 shared the podium and their senior research projects about Park Street in Hartford, Spring 2022. Photo taken by Xiangming Chen.

While we are always happy to welcome our graduates to come back, we are sad to bid farewell to Assistant Professors Julie Gamble and Leniqueca Welcome who will take their promising careers to Vanderbilt University and George Washington University in fall 2022, respectively. Julie offered such courses as Geography of Transport and Urban Sustainability over the past four years. Leniqueca taught Global Cities and Global Policing during academic year 2021-22. They have also made other invaluable contributions to the Urban Studies program such as student advising and curricular development. Urban Studies has benefited greatly from their intellectual acumen and warm collegiality and is better off today because of their times with us. We wish them the very best as they move forward from Trinity. As part of these comings and goings, we are very pleased to welcome Keavy McFadden, the new Kelter postdoc in Urban Studies, and Shoshana Goldstein, a new Visiting Assistant Professor, to join us in Fall 2022.

-Xiangming Chen
Director, Urban Studies Program