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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.

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

Community Conversations: Early Learning Success through Collaboration – January 9, 2017

Community Conversations:  Early Learning Success through Collaboration

Strategies To Prepare All Children To Be Successful In School

Sheraton Hartford South, Rocky Hill, CT

January 9, 2017 (8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

A free forum showcasing how community engagement, collaboration, and innovation can be harnessed to develop our youngest children into our strongest students.  Co-sponsors include:  The CT Early Childhood Alliance, CT Parent Power, CT Center for the New Economy, CT Family Resource Center Alliance, and the Teachers Policy Institute.

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Parents, policymakers, and practitioners will learn about practices and new strategies that are working well to address the unmet needs of families with young children. The agenda includes:

Plenary Roundtables with Parents, Community Leaders, and Practitioners:  Opportunities and challenges—what children need to start every day ready to learn.

 Deeper Dive Breakout Sessions: Strategies to address early learning, early reading success, 21st century community schools, implicit bias, positive student behavior development, and other critical topics.  Sponsors and presenters include:  Yale’s Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, CT Voices for Children, CT  Early Childhood Alliance,  Parent Power, CT Family Resource Center Alliance, CT Center for the New Economy, Everyday Democracy, and others.

Plenary Lunch “Ed Talk”:  Featuring special guest Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig (pending final confirmation)

Julian Vasquez Heilig is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University, Sacramento; California NAACP Education Chair; and author of and numerous academic publications.  His work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Education Week, and other print media outlets. He has also appeared on local and national radio and TV including PBS, NBCLatino, Univision, NPR, and MSNBC.

Town Hall Panel Discussion:  Audience Q&A.  What was learned? What are some next steps?

This forum is free and open to the public.  To register visit:

Connecticut’s new Teachers Policy Institute (TPI) is a research and innovation forum created by members of the Connecticut Education Association to advance equity and opportunity for all of the students teachers serve every day.  TPI undertakes research and action promoting equity and opportunity for all students in Connecticut public schools.  Visit for more information.

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Sheff Movement Design Challenge – Sat., October 22, 2016


On October 22, the Sheff Movement will host a design challenge to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sheff v. O’Neill decision. This event is meant to promote meaningful public discourse and engagement that will ultimately strengthen Greater Hartford’s ongoing efforts to address racial and socioeconomic isolation and related inequities.

This conference aims to: 1) engage community members in a forward-looking process of generating new ideas for the Sheff plaintiffs, the state, and the city; 2) help our coalition envision a community-informed plan to meaningfully advance the goal of quality integrated education over the next three to five years; and 3) inspire innovation, alignment, and collaboration.

Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 9am-4pm (reception to follow)
Where: Hartford Public Library, Center for Contemporary Culture (get directions using Google maps)

Register here. More information below and at the Sheff Movement.


Basic Details of Our #improvesheff Design Challenge Conference

A “design challenge” is an event where participants learn the process of design thinking while applying its methodology to a specific question.

We believe design thinking offers a valuable framework for helping us assess Sheff’s progress, figure out what is (and is not) working well, identify and respond to unmet needs, and work in collaboration with partners to help us advance our ultimate goal of quality integrated education for all. We need to know how we might improve our efforts and accelerate our progress, and what needs to happen in order to provide students and families a fair, coordinated, and sustainable education system that embraces quality integrated education as a guiding principle.

The focus of the Sheff Movement’s design challenge (“What are the key ingredients for a fair, coordinated, and sustainable school integration system in the Greater Hartford region?”) will provide students, parents, educators, and other community members dedicated time and space to learn about, reimagine, and contribute to the advancement of quality integrated education. Using this dynamic and engaging process, participants will help:

  • Co-create a vision for achieving quality integrated education for all Hartford’s children
  • Reinvigorate the court-mandated process of providing all Hartford’s children a quality integrated education
  • Generate fresh new ideas, and outline strategies to meaningfully advance the goal of quality integrated education over the next three to five years


Who Should Attend?

Everyone! Our venue can accommodate 150 people (our goal is for 30 teams of 3-7 people to participate). We will invite a broad set of stakeholders—parents/caregivers; students; educators; policymakers; scholars; nonprofit, community, and business leaders; artists; advocates; school designers; and public education supporters—to lend their voice, creativity, and determination to this challenge.



Register as an individual or as a team. Individual attendees will work together in teams based on their identified interests.


Supporters and Partners:



We hope that we can count on your support! If you are interested in making a financial contribution or exploring a partnership with us, please contact us at

“Marking Territory: Muralism and Techniques of Gender in the Unincorporated Territory of Puerto Rico” on Nov 2 at 4:30

Dr. Adriana Garriga-López, will present the talk, “Marking Territory: Muralism and Techniques of Gender in the Unincorporated Territory of Puerto Rico” on November 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Dangremond Commons (Hallden North, or the space formerly known as “Gallows Hill”).
For more information on Dr. Garriga-López, please see her website:
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Hartbeat Ensemble Presents: “Neighborhood Investigative Project: Frog Hollow State of Mind”, October 15 & 16

Frog Hollow State of Mind is a grassroots investigative theater project dedicated to collecting the living stories of our neighbors in Frog Hollow. Written by Frog Hollow resident Cin Martinez, the play will be presented in two acts: half of the program will be a scripted performance using the interviews that HartBeat assembled from neighborhood residents, and the other half will be a live, unscripted civic dialogue.  This will give the audience an opportunity to discuss and reflect on issues that were just presented. Conversations will moderated.

Lear more here.

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CT Parent Power – 4th Annual Red Carpet Hero Award Gala on Friday, September 16, @ 6 pm

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What: Connecticut Parent Power – 4th annual “Red Carpet Hero Award Gala”

When: Friday, September 16, 2016, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT. Get directions here.

Contact: Marilyn Calderon at (203) 980-8511 or if you have any questions.

Buy a ticket using this form.

Become a sponsor using this form.


Connecticut Parent Power invites you to partner with us in honoring heroes for our 4th annual “Red Carpet Hero Award Gala” our honorees for the evening are exemplary parent and professional leaders from across the state that are extra-ordinary people who lead with integrity and unwavering commitment to co-create a world, not as it is, but as it should be: “equitable for all!” The honorees will be lifted up with a heartfelt recognition award that our statewide parent led organization has nominated them for their commitment to building foundational strengths in our communities for all children, parents and their families

This fourth annual event is an opportunity to help support our statewide co-created vision entitled: ALL-IN CT Equity4Change that fosters engagement, education, and mobilization of diverse parents and partners who are passionate about children’s preventive issues to gain the knowledge on what is happening at the local and statewide levels to make informed decision by developing and maintaining linkages with stakeholders who work hand in hand to find solution based thinking and action steps to end poverty and racism with better health, safety, equity and wellness for all children through collective action.

Connecticut Parent Power (CTPP), established in 2001, is one of the state’s largest parent volunteer organizations. CTPP focuses on local, state and global affairs with issues that include, but are not limited to early childhood, (cradle to career) education Pre-K thru 12th grade school systems, immigration/racial/equity/economic security and health care reform.

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Welcome Dr. Kurt Love to Trinity College!

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Trinity College welcomes Kurt Love as the Director of Science Education for Summer Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates Program. The National Science Foundation-Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-TEU) program is a five-year grant-funded program that will bring promising undergraduates to Trinity College in Hartford, CT to develop their teaching skills in high school science (at Trinity) and high school mathematics (at Vassar). We are very excited to have Kurt join Trinity College this summer and join the team of professors (co-PI’s) from Vassar College, Byrn Mawr, Brown University, and Barnard College for this project.

Kurt will lead the science portion of this NSF grant-funded program at Trinity. This work will include teaching a course in secondary science pedagogy, including a practicum at the HMTCA summer science academy. Kurt will also lead a team of experienced HMTCA science teachers in mentoring the twelve undergraduate students from across the country in their practicum at HMTCA.

Kurt Love grew up in Shelton, CT, earned his Ph.D. in science education at the University of Connecticut and is an associate professor at Central Connecticut State University in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Instructional Technology. He taught middle school science in Hartford, West Hartford, and Cheshire. He worked with the Environmental Sciences Magnet School in Hartford developing sustainability based project learning experiences for PreK-8 students. He has worked with teachers and students in school districts throughout the central Connecticut region. He is currently writing a book entitled, “Reclaiming Education for Sustainability and Peace” due out in late 2016 or early 2017.

NSF-TEU Teaching Interns Learn about School Choice and Sheff Case in Hartford, CT from Professor Dougherty

NSFTEU Meets Prof Dougherty

The National Science Foundation – Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates kicked off last Monday, June 6, 2016 at Trinity College. The program brings together 12 undergraduate students (middle) from across the country in order to develop their knowledge and skill in teaching high school science. A major goal of the program is support undergraduate science majors at small liberal arts college towards a career in teaching science. In order to accomplish this goal, the NSF-TEU students, who are all majoring in one science discipline, take a science pedagogy course with Dr. Kurt Love (far left) and will participate in a summer teaching practicum under the supervision of experienced local teachers from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA) in Hartford, Connecticut.

On Monday, June 13, the NSF-TEU students took a lunch break to learn and ask questions about school choice from Trinity College Professor Jack Dougherty (far right) who researches this topic and has documented it on the Cities, Suburbs, and School Project site. Director of Urban Educational Initiatives also shared some points from his report, “Choice Watch”, published with CT Voices for Children. The talk was meant to introduce the NSF-TEU participants to the local educational context, specifically the Sheff v. O’Neill case that resulted in more than 40 interdistrict magnet schools in the Hartford region, including HMTCA.

Welcome to the NSF-TEU participants and Professor Love and thanks to Professor Dougherty for the visit!




“Guide to Eating at Trinity During the Summer”

“Guide to Eating at Trinity During the Summer” by Jess Voight

Eating In

If you’re trying to save some cash and prepare yourself for next year’s students loans, then eating in is the way to go. Each of the Summit dorms is equipped with a common kitchen for its residents. However, be sure to label your food and clean your messes as these spaces get plenty of use over the summer.

Grocery store suggestions


Your typical grocery store:

Stop & Shop:  2.2 miles away


Your all-natural place:

Trader Joes: 4.5 miles away


If you need other stuff:

Walmart: 2.1 miles away


When eating in I suggest gathering a group of people to cook with. It’ll be more fun and you can alternate, so cooking won’t always be your responsibility.


Eating Out

One great thing about Hartford is the wide range of cuisine choices. There are certainly plenty of amazing places to eat out. Here are some Trinity College favorites:


First & Last Bakery Café : 1.0 miles away

Bruegger’s Bagels: 4.6 miles away

Hartford Baking Co.: 2.7 miles away

Effie’s Place Family Restaurant: 2.5 miles away

Don’t forget about Goldberg’s on Campus! Located in Vernon Social.



Plan B Burger Bar & Tavern: 2.6 miles away

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana: 2.9 miles away

Piolin Peruvian Restaurant: 1.0 miles away

Chipotle Mexican Grill: 4.4 miles away



Trinity Restaurant: less than a mile

Salute Restaurant (Italian): 2.1 miles away

Agave Grill (Mexican): 2.1 miles away

U.S.S. Chowder Pot IV: 2.6 miles away

King & I Thai Restaurant: 2.1 miles away



Gold Roc Diner is open 24hrs, and makes a great late night spot! 2.8 miles away



There are lots of opportunities to score some free food around campus during the summer. Some departments hold lectures and other events during lunch hour and always have food. Bringing your own to-go container is encouraged!

Many of the cultural houses will host dinners. This is another way to grab a bite and maybe meet some new people too! Keep an eye out for these.


Editorial Note by Robert Cotto

Being in Harford, there are plenty of other restaurants that you can try from Ethiopian, Puerto Rican, Italian, Colombian, and a number of other styles in all price ranges. Looking for something we didn’t list? Ask one of us for other suggestions!