Welcome to the Community Learning Initiative (CLI). We foster academic collaborations between Trinity College students, staff, faculty, and local organizations in metropolitan Hartford, in order to deepen learning and civic engagement.

At Trinity, we define community learning as an experiential process that involves:

1) Collaborative Partnerships: Students work with community partners in ways that benefit all participants. Students gain real-world experience; faculty enrich liberal arts courses; and community partners advance their goals through student volunteer time and/or academic research products.

2) Perspective-Building Relationships: By learning in partnership with community members, students form relationships that deepen their current understanding of local and global issues. Encountering new perspectives that are different from one’s own is a vital part of a liberal arts education.

Learn more about Community Learning and see examples in the Courses section.

Collaborate with Us

We are always looking for ways we can grow and expand our work in Hartford and would love to hear from you about how you want to be a part of the community of people working for change in the city.

Students – check out the various pathways you can take to get involved in Hartford and CLI

Faculty – learn more about the resources available to you and how you can develop community learning components for your courses

Community Partners – find out more about our approach to building partnerships and examples of previous projects

Friends of CLI – We love to hear from CLI alum, past partners, and other friends of our program. If you are interested in writing a blog post, developing a partnership, or funding a project, get in touch with CLI Associate Director Megan Hartline.

Just interested in what CLI is up to? Check out our Posts page for recent news, student spotlights, and more on the work we are doing. Or contact CLI Associate Director Megan Hartline for a meeting.