Research Fellows Program


Community Learning Research Fellows is a program of the Community Learning Initiative (CLI) and work with Trinity faculty advisors to design and carry out a credit-bearing research or creative project in the Hartford area, in partnership with a community member or organizations (such as a school, non-profit agency, or local advocacy group). Projects can be part of a Trinity course, internship, independent study, or a senior thesis. Both student-initiated and student-faculty collaborative projects are welcome.

Trinfo staff support to the fellows in terms of their research work with their community partners.  Several Trinfo student workers have been fellows since the program began in the fall of 2011.

2011-2012
Peruvian Identity: Peruvian Cuisine and its Impact in Hartford
Student Researcher:  Andrea Chunga-Celis
Faculty Sponsor:  Anne Lambright
Community Partner:  Peruvian Consulate

App Inventor in the K-12 Computing Curriculum
Student Researcher:  Pauline Lake
Faculty Sponsor:  Ralph Morelli
Community Partner:  Carlos Espinosa, Trinfo Café; Carlos Aldave, A.I. Prince Technical High School; Jack Baldermann, Hartford Public High School

2012-2013
Accessing Human Rights through Faith-based Social Justice and Cultural Citizenship: Hartford’s Low-income Latino Immigrants
Student Researcher: Sarah Kacevich
Faculty Sponsor: Janet Bauer
Community Partner: Jubilee House and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

2013-2014
How Can We Collaborate? Moving Past Communication Dysfunction in Public School Communities
Student Researcher: Carlos Velazquez
Faculty Sponsor: Jack Dougherty
Community Partner: Rhodes Elementary School

2014-2015
Common Core Conversations in Connecticut: Analyzing Public Testimonies
Student Researcher: Richelle Benjamin
Faculty Sponsor: Rachel Leventhal-Weiner
Community Partner: Connecticut Parent Power