Start planning for Spring 2018 with Ed Studies

Dear Ed Studies students and majors,

Here’s several resources from the new Ed Studies website to help you start planning for Spring 2018 course registration.

Advising Week — week of November 6th (but start earlier!)
Pre-registration — week of November 13th (seniors, juniors, sophs, FYs)

Learn how to declare an Ed Studies major, and see also the full list of  Ed Studies and cross-referenced courses. To learn more about the major or to discuss your interests,  book a 20-minute appointment on the online calendar for Professor Jack Dougherty, Director of Ed Studies.

For students interested in Pathways to Teaching, set up an appointment with Jill Mack, teacher preparation licensure advisor from the University of St. Joseph, who will hold office hours at Peter B’s library cafe at Trinity College on Tuesday October 31st from 9am-3pm. Email her in advance ( to tell her when you’d like to talk with her at Trinity that day.

Also, join a Hartford community research team and earn 2 Trinity credits with the Liberal Arts Action Lab. Fulfills the Ed Studies research methods requirement and also Numerical & Symbolic Reasoning distribution requirement, and also counts toward other majors (such as Human Rights, Public Policy & Law, Urban Studies, and others). Apply online by October 31st at

For any questions about Ed Studies, contact Professor Jack Dougherty ( or book an appointment online.

Stefania Ruibal ’19 on study-away at DIS Copenhagen

Trinity student Stefania Ruibal ’19 on study-away semester at DIS Copenhagen in Denmark

Stefania Ruibal ’19, a double-major in Ed Studies and Psychology, shares this note and photos from her study-away semester at DIS Copenhagen in Denmark:

I’ve been having an amazing time abroad. “Children in a Multicultural Context” has been an unbelievable class. I am placed in an all-Turkish school with first-and second-generation immigrants to Denmark. It is an amazing experience and am getting lots of opportunities to teach English and am learning a lot about the Danish as well as the Turkish culture around education. Also, I’ve been visiting lots of schools around Denmark. Went to a “forest kindergarten” yesterday where the students get to be outside all day and learn about nature.

Forest Kindergarten in Denmark

“Color of Law” with Hartford partners, students at Trinity

Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, spoke about “the forgotten history of how our government segregated America” with a packed audience in the Washington Room at Mather Student Center on September 12, 2017.

Over 300 students, faculty, and community partners attended the “The Color of Law” book discussion with author Richard Rothstein at Trinity.

This public event brought together a broad audience: Hartford community partners, history classes from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, and students, staff, and faculty from Trinity College.

HMTCA teacher Melissa Cavanaugh (Trinity IDP ’11) brought her US history students.

Professor Jack Dougherty introduced the speaker and presented a visual vocabulary of segregated housing barriers. Erin Boggs from the Open Communities Alliance, a statewide fair housing advocacy group, unveiled their new report, Out of Balance: Subsidized Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity in Connecticut. Professor Davarian Baldwin provided commentary and moderated the audience discussion with the author. This event was co-organized by the Open Communities Alliance and the Educational Studies Program at Trinity, and co-sponsored by Urban Education Initiatives, the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Multicultural Affairs, Political Science, Public Policy & Law, Sociology, and Prof. Davarian Baldwin at Trinity.

Jia-Hui Stefanie Wong Joins Ed Studies Faculty at Trinity

Visiting Lecturer Stefanie Wong at Trinity

The Educational Studies Program at Trinity College welcomes Jia-Hui Stefanie Wong as a two-year visiting faculty member, beginning in Fall 2017. Professor Wong is completing a joint Ph.D. degree in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, “White Dominance in Diverse Schools: When Multiculturalism and Social Justice Aren’t Enough,” is based on a 16-month ethnographic study of how students and teachers perceive and challenge inequalities at a racially and socioeconomically diverse high school. Despite the school’s commitment to social justice, her study examines how White supremacy and privilege persist within its power structures. She also co-authored an article on the racialization of Asian American immigrant students in Educational Studies.

Professor Wong’s interdisciplinary training and field-based experiences make her an ideal fit for Trinity College. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, she majored in Educational Studies and Political Science, minored in Chinese, and collaborated with faculty on an ethnographic study that she later presented at a research conference. This experience not only shaped her desire to pursue graduate school, but also her dedication to create similar fieldwork and research opportunities for undergraduate students. Furthermore, she adds that “my experiences as a woman of color on predominantly White college campuses will help me effectively mentor and support students of color at Trinity. I have learned how to negotiate spaces that are not always welcoming to people of color, and to create spaces that value the diverse knowledges and experiences of a range of students.”

Drawing on her teaching experience at UW-Madison, Professor Wong will offer courses at Trinity such as Educ 200: Analyzing Schools (fall and spring), Educ 320: Anthropology and Education (fall 2017), and Educ 309: Race, Class, and Ed Policy (spring 2018).