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Center for Urban and Global Studies

Welcome to Trinity College’s Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS).

Cities are increasingly critical to the organization of economic and social activities and the management of global resources and challenges in a fully interdependent world. CUGS represents Trinity’s forward-thinking vision of educating students to be leaders in this new world.

CUGS is the first center of its kind at a top liberal arts college in the United States, and it offers curricular opportunities and research programs where students and faculty work together to better understand our new global society.

By integrating urban and global programs with study in the classroom and its cities—from Trinity’s host city of Hartford to cities throughout the world—the center plays a central role in the College’s educational mission.

I encourage you to learn more about the center and to consider the many ways our academic and civic involvement programs can enrich your Trinity experience.


Xiangming Chen
Dean and Director, Center for Urban and Global Studies
Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Sociology and International Studies



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