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.”
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.