Curriculum Meets Community

Bishop John Selders, Trinity assistant dean of students and leader of Moral Monday CT
Bishop John Selders, Trinity assistant dean of students and leader of Moral Monday CT

In a fall semester that included the hotly contested 2020 presidential election, first-year students enrolled in Trinity’s Community Action Gateway program partnered with Hartford organizations to increase voter engagement in the city. Students in the “Envisioning Social Change” course, taught by Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Stefanie Wong, worked alongside community groups that challenge inequities. One such group, Moral Monday CT, is a coalition rooted in the social justice and civil rights movement and is led by Bishop John Selders, Trinity’s assistant dean of students. Caroline Frederick ’24, Kash Jain ’24, and Essence Smith ’24 helped the nonprofit create social media posts that encouraged voting. Wong said, “I hope the students see that there are lots of ways to be engaged in social change work throughout their time at Trinity and beyond.”


‘From Hartford to World Cities’

In the Cities Program core course, students begin their studies by taking an in-depth look at Hartford and by becoming part of their new home city.


Brain Injury Research

Working with participants in the Hartford area, faculty and students in the ReMIND Lab at Trinity are bringing attention to brain injuries as the result of domestic abuse.


Hartford-area internships every semester


Urban Planning Certificate

With a graduate certificate in urban planning offered since fall 2020, Trinity is the first institution in Connecticut to provide an urban planning program.


Stories of Immigrants

Students in one history class learn about the immigration experience directly from Central American immigrants living in Hartford.


courses offered in 2020–21 that include collaborations with Hartford organizations


Hartford’s Black History Connects to College Experience

A collaborative project between Trinity and Capital Community College students was the inspiration for a nearly $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue research and develop a curriculum and exhibit on the history of the Talcott Street Congregational Church at Talcott and Market Streets in Hartford. 


Trinity Alumnus Brings Research on Racial Bias in Jury Selection to State Task Force

John Lawson ’20 recently spoke with members of Connecticut’s Jury Selection Task Force about the findings of his thesis research on racial bias and discrimination in jury selection at the state level.

Pictured in the header image, Community Action Gateway participants Essence Smith ’24 and Caroline Frederick ’24