The Community Learning Initiative at Trinity College

Welcome to the Community Learning Initiative (CLI). We are an organization dedicated to connecting students, faculty, and local community organizations to take collaborative action in service of creating social change in the Greater Hartford region.

At Trinity, we define community learning as an experiential learning experience that reciprocally benefits students and community members. Students gain real world experience by practicing what they learn out in the community, and community partners receive research, texts, or other products that help them reach their goals. Examples of these reciprocal partnerships can be found under our courses tab.


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 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 Megan Hartline for a meeting.