These are the stories of Trinity College in Hartford

For all of its nearly 200-year existence, Trinity College has been both in and of Hartford. As we approach our bicentennial in 2023, we celebrate and seek to affirm and strengthen all that constitutes our most distinctive quality: Trinity’s relationship to Hartford.

Our location in a state capital that is one of the most socioeconomically, culturally, and ethnically diverse cities in the country provides students with incredible opportunities for research and hands-on learning. But Hartford is not our lab; it is our home. We contribute to the local, regional, and statewide community as individuals and as an institution. Trinity’s impact on the community is evidenced in the talent we attract and cultivate, the knowledge we advance, and the partnerships we build.

The Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER) has united the college’s engagement programs to enable deeper collaboration and to strengthen connections among and between civically engaged members of the Trinity community and Greater Hartford.

To tell the full story of what it means and why it matters that Trinity is in Hartford would be to chronicle the college’s entire history. With this publication, then, we aim to merely share some highlights of that story as it exists today and to quantify aspects of our impact on Greater Hartford and the state of Connecticut. For 2020, the story of Trinity in Hartford is told in the context of a global pandemic. Over the past year, the ways we connected shifted to support public health, but our bond remained as strong as ever.


Knowledge for the Public Good

Amid the hotly contested 2020 presidential election, Trinity students partnered with Hartford groups to increase voter engagement in the city.


Social and Civic Responsibility

Delivering school supplies and mentorship, volunteering remotely and in person, the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement is growing future leaders and difference-makers.


Institutional Citizen/Economic Engine

In response to the pandemic, Trinity’s Dream Camp, a summer camp and year-round mentoring program, launched its Relief Meals Initiative, delivering weekly meal care packages—nearly 11,000 meals in 2020—to the doorsteps of local families.


Destination: Campus

Offering free plots to gardeners, the community garden at Trinfo.Café is welcoming common ground for the neighborhood and an outdoor classroom for Trinity students.


Alumni Impact

As chief of staff to Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Paul Mounds Jr. ’07, is helping to lead the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.