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) Reciprocal 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 receive volunteer time and/or academic research products that help them reach their goals.
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.
You can find examples of Community Learning in the Courses section.
Collaborate with Us
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
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.