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Imani Scholarship for High School Students: Due March 25, 2018

Imani, the Trinity College Black Student Union, seeks applications from area high school students for a college scholarship. The application is here and below. Deadline for application is 11pm on March 25, 2018

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For any questions about the application please email


Imani was organized for the advancement of Black awareness. The organization has been concerned with educating itself and the College as a whole by raising issues in black arts, history, politics and culture, both past and present. Imani seeks to work collectively with student, faculty and community resources to bring about synergy in our efforts to ensure that Trinity College is able to foster a welcoming environment to its students of color, provide representation for these students, and to promote coalescence amongst the greater Trinity College community, as well as the Hartford community. The organization is housed in the Umoja House at 72 Vernon Street.

Heartbeat Ensemble’s Youth Play Institute (YPI) Spring 2018

HartBeat Ensemble‘s YPI, our paid theater internship for 16-21-year-olds.This program is in its 11th year, and has served more than 500 young people from Greater Hartford.

In this program, a group of youth co-creates an original play about a social justice issue over an 8-week period.Internships are available for stage managers, actors, and designers.

This is a great program for young performers, activists, visual artists, collaborators and writers. Many different personality types and levels of experience excel at YPI.

Interviews will take place February 7th and 10th.


La Voz Latina Art Contest 2017: Open to Hartford-area students

La Voz Latina, a Trinity College student-led organization, calls for art projects from Hartford-area students, specifically art forms, physical or digital, representing Hispanic/Latinx cultures. To enter, e-mail The deadline is November 1, 2017. All art will be displayed.

La Voz Latina is a club open to all students interested in Hispanic cultures. The purpose of La Voz Latina is to increase the awareness of Latin American culture, politics and social issues in the Trinity community. It has a commitment with the Latino community of Hartford in bringing what they can offer to Trinity and its Latino students. Along with other organizations, La Voz Latina provides social and cultural programming needed in the Trinity Community.

Team Effort Helps Save Injured Hawk At Trinity College


On Monday, July 17, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) science teacher Jared Lewis noticed an injured red-tailed hawk near McCook Hall at Trinity College. Lewis was on Trinity’s campus for the HMTCA summer science program. He called Campus Safety and Robert Cotto, Jr., the Director of Urban Educational Initiatives, at Trinity College. And that led to a team of people working together to help the injured raptor.

The young hawk was hopping around on the ground near McCook and trying to avoid people. Upon further inspection, it appeared the hawk had an injured left wing.

Unsure of who to contact, Cotto and security officers Jeff LeBreque of Trinity College and Edwin Santiago of Hartford Public Schools made several calls to local bird rescue centers. The State of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website offered these contacts as suggestions of people trained to handle distressed birds.

Finally, Grace Krick from “A Place Called Hope” raptor center answered Cotto’s call. Being in Deep River, CT, which is almost an hour away from Trinity College, she asked for pictures of the injured hawk. Within minutes, Grace had a volunteer, Nick D’Onofrio, in the Hartford area at Trinity College to collect the bird. Nick safely collected the young male hawk and without too much distress.


If the hawk can be quickly rehabilitated, then it will be released back near Trinity College. But it is likely that the hawk will be released to another location so it does not directly compete with its adult kin for food and space. Red-tailed hawks are territorial by nature.

A decade ago, there were very few urban red-tailed hawks. Now they are all around Hartford, including around Trinity College. Being in such close proximity to people, the red-tailed hawks can face a variety of dangers. But that also means they can sometimes get a helping hand, or wing.


For more information:

Dealing with Distressed Birds: CT DEEP Website

A Place Called Hope: A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers along with donations of time, supplies and money from our supporters. One of the goals at A Place Called Hope, Inc. is to teach the public how to protect and respect wildlife, in particular Raptors. You can learn more about the organization here:

Written All Over My Face: A Talk With Dr. Daren Graves

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Join us for a light dinner and a talk with Dr. Daren Graves who will share his story entitled, “Written All Over My Face: A Black Man’s Toll of Teaching White Students About Racism”. The story is featured as a chapter in the recent volume, Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counternarratives of Critical Practice.

When: Wednesday, June 7 @ 6 p.m.

Where (New location!): Hallden Hall, Dangremond Family Commons, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

(Building # 18 & 19 on campus map)

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Who: Open to the public.

Let us know you are coming! (RSVP on the form below)


About Daren Graves (from Harvard Graduate School of Education):

Daren Graves is currently the director of the Urban Master’s Program at Simmons College. As a teacher educator, he is committed to preparing teachers who see urban youth as assets in the teaching and learning process. His research interest involves the interplay of school culture and racial identity on the academic performance of Black adolescents. Graves’ research has given him an understanding of the issues that Boston-area youth face inside and outside of their school environments. Graves previously served as Assistant Director at Simmons College Upward Bound in Boston, where he helped coordinate the academic and college preparation components of this federally funded after-school and summer program.

About the book (from Routledge):

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Confronting Racism in Teacher Education aims to transform systematic and persistent racism through in-depth analyses of racial justice struggles and strategies in teacher education. By bringing together counternarratives of critical teacher educators, the editors of this volume present key insights from both individual and collective experiences of advancing racial justice. Written for teacher educators, higher education administrators, policy makers, and others concerned with issues of race, the book is comprised of four parts that each represent a distinct perspective on the struggle for racial justice: contributors reflect on their experiences working as educators of Color to transform the culture of predominately White institutions, navigating the challenges of whiteness within teacher education, building transformational bridges within classrooms, and training current and inservice teachers through concrete models of racial justice. By bringing together these often individualized experiences, Confronting Racism in Teacher Education reveals larger patterns that emerge of institutional racism in teacher education, and the strategies that can inspire resistance.




Hartford-Area Summer Youth Programs 2017

Every year, parents and educators ask us about summer programs for youth in Hartford and the region. So here’s a running list of programs and information booklets. Did we miss any?


Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, Hartford Public Schools, and Career Beginnings, List of Enrichment Programs

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Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Summer Programs Directory 2017 (coming soon!)

Summer Programs Directory 2016


Hartbeat Ensemble, Youth Play Institute

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Summer 2017 at Trinity

Trinity College slows down during the summer. But there are a number of programs and events that still happen to make the campus vibrant.

Are you on campus or planning to be on campus this summer? Trying to find out what’s going on at Trinity and around the City of Hartford? Here is a listing of various programs, places to eat around campus, events in Hartford, and more.

Programs on the Trinity College Campus

The Summer Music Series at Trinity includes Chamber Music and Carillon concerts. The concerts start at 6:00p.m. every Wednesday night in July and Carillon concerts the first two Wednesday’s of August. Visit the Summer Music Series Facebook page for more information. (

Cinestudio is Trinity’s on-campus movie theater, popular for screening independent and foreign films. (


Where to Eat Near Trinity During the Summer

Billings Forge has a Farmers Market every Thursday, from 11am – 2pm. The market is located at 539 Broad Street, only 1.3 miles from the campus. (

Many ethnic restaurants can be found in the New Britain Avenue and Park Street areas. From Vietnamese to Peruvian, Italian, Brazilian and more!

Downtown Hartford also has a number of restaurants with diverse cuisine. You can also find popular chains like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Jess Voight also gives us some ideas of where to eat in her “Guide to Eating at Trinity During the Summer.”


Events in Hartford

Real Hartford showcases local social, musical and political events relevant to Hartford residents.

The Riverside Recapture has several events planned for the summer season. (

Catch a Hartford Yard Goats baseball game at the new Dunkin’ Donuts stadium.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art hosts a variety of art and entertainment events over the summer. (

Real Art Ways shows international and independent films, and hosts gallery exhibitions and social events. (


Religious Life

A note from Megan O’Brien, Program Coordinator, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Chapel:

We do not have services throughout the summer on campus unfortunately but depending on what the faith background/interest is for the undergraduates on campus, here are some suggestions for places in the area that offer religious services:

Buddhist: Dae Yen Sa Buddhist Temple, New Hartford (

Episcopal: St. John’s Episcopal Church, West Hartford ( 

Jewish: Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford (

Muslim: The Berlin Mosque, Berlin (

Roman Catholic: St. Joseph Cathedral, Hartford (

There are, of course, plenty of other places of worship around the area so you are welcome to explore! 

For more information, you can contact Megan at

HMTCA Student, Abigail Dresser, Performs with the Trinity College Instrumental Ensemble

On April 27, Abigail (Abi) Dresser, a senior-class student at the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), and Briana Daley ’18, performed with the Trinity College Instrumental Ensemble. Abigail is the first HMTCA high school student to be part of the Trinity College Instrumental Ensemble.

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The Performances

The Instrumental Ensemble recital on April 27, 2017 included a performance by Abi on violin and Trinity College student Briana Daley ’18 on the flute, as well as Coordinator Nancy Curran on the harpsichord. They played two pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) entitled La Cupis and La Marais.

Last December 2016, Abi, Briana, and Nancy also performed together. This marked the second semester that Abi and Briana performed together for the Ensemble. Reflecting on her work in the Instrumental Ensemble, Abi stated it has been, “a great learning experience and something I have enjoyed going to every week.” (Watch part of the December recital here or below.)

The Partnership

As one aspect of the partnership between Trinity College and HMTCA, an interdistrict magnet school, Abi applied for and enrolled in Music 101. Her professor for the introductory course, John Platoff, noticed her musical skill and recommended that she tryout for the Instrumental Ensemble (Music 105), which was under the direction of Nancy Curran.

At first, Nancy was reluctant to accept a high school student. But having played violin for fourteen years, Abi demonstrated that she had the skill, maturity, and persistence required to participate in the Instrumental Ensemble. After seeing her audition, Nancy was very “enthusiastic” to have her join the Ensemble.

From September to April: The Instrumental Ensemble

Since September, the Instrumental Ensemble has met once a week to rehearse. Every week, Abi walks across the street to Trinity College for reheasal from HMTCA, which is located at the Learning Corridor. For Abi, the best part of the class was performing in recitals last December and this April. The most challenging was, “making sure my sound fit the two other instruments playing with me.”

Ensemble Coordinator Nancy Curran called Abi an “accomplished violinist”. In addition, she noted that Abi worked well with her Trinity partner and she, “was willing to take on the challenge of studying and performing French Baroque music, which is very difficult stylistically to play.”

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 A Bright Future For Abi

After graduating from HMTCA this spring, Abi hopes to continue playing violin and studying music, perhaps as a minor. Having successfully completed Music 101 and Music 105 at Trinity College, she will have two possible course credits towards that goal. After college, she hopes to go into, “business, more specifically finance or possibly a real estate lawyer.”

Her musical partner, Briana Daley ‘18 wished her well in the future. Briana stated, “It has been an honor to rehearse and perform with Abi these past two semesters. She is an extremely talented musician, whose positive attitude and love for music shows every day. I know that a bright future is in store for her, and I wish her the best of luck on her future endeavors! She will be greatly missed.”


This video clip was from the December 2016 performance of the Trinity College Instrumental Ensemble recital. The players include (from left to right) Nancy Curran, coordinator, Abigail Dresser, HMTCA ’17, and Briana Daley, Trinity ’18.



SAGA Fellows Program: Looking for applications for 2017-18

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The 2017-2018 SAGA Fellows program is a 10-month, full-time, post-grad service opportunity in an underserved Chicago or New York City public school. As a SAGA Fellow, you will serve as a tutor and mentor to the same 14 students every day in groups of 1 Fellow: 2 students. Want to transform American public education? Want to eliminate, not narrow, the achievement gap? Then apply to be a SAGA Fellow TODAY!

Meet Chay Reed

Chay Reed joined the Urban Educational Initiatives team in Spring 2017. She works concurrently with the Office of Study Away as an Administrative Assistant. Chay received her B.A. in Studio Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University. Her undergraduate studies also included world literature, Spanish language and Latin American history. She worked part-time in the university library as a student worker, which spawned an interest in a career in librarianship.

Chay is currently studying to receive a Masters in Library and Information Science, and takes courses to improve her Spanish language skills. A Connecticut native, her current hobby is latch-hooking (making hand-made rugs). She also enjoys yoga, zumba, and spending time with her family and pets.  Chay has traveled to Mexico and Canada, and looks forward to traveling to many more regions of the world.