Sí, Trinity es latino. Trinity College takes pride in its Latino community. From its students and professors, to its educational programs and Latino workforce, the Latino presence on campus is prominent and powerful.
Of this year’s freshman class, 28% identified themselves as students of color, and Latino students claim a significant portion of that pie. Latino students are among the top-ranked at the university; this year several have earned the honor of being the departmental President’s Fellow (the rising senior with the highest GPA) in Math, Public Policy and Law, and Language and Culture Studies. Latino students participate actively in groups such as Stop the Raids and La Voz Latina, and are among the top-ranked athletes of the school. They dedicate their time to internships and volunteer work in the Latino community of Hartford, since Frog Hollow, the neighborhood that surrounds Trinity, is 71% Latino. Most K-12 schools in the neighborhood have bilingual programs and have a student population that is over 90% Latino; these children are always in need of tutors and big brothers and sisters, and Trinity students are happy to help out. Our students can also be found at the Hispanic Health Council; Mi Casa Center for adolescents; in ESL classes in downtown Hartford assisting immigrants; and in a variety of other social service agencies and institutions. Latino students also enjoy walking the 5 blocks from campus to Park St, the heart of the Latino community of Hartford, where they can eat like they’re back home in restaurants like “Aqui Me Quedo” and “El Caribe”. Lastly, Latino students work on campus in a variety of work environments; among their favorites are the Office of Multicultural Affairs, where many are PRIDE leaders, and Trinfo Cafe, where they teach basic computer literacy courses in English and in Spanish to community members. Some students decide to stay in Hartford when they graduate to work professionally in the schools and helping agencies in which they first volunteered their time.
Students who recently won full scholarships to study immigration at the U.S./ Mexican border in May with Prof. Gebelein: Blair Elliott, Denise Poventud, Celia Rodriguez, Jenny Romero, and Madai Velez.
Chartwells, the food services company which supplies hearty meals to thousands of students a day, and Buildings and Groundsworkers employees are over 50% Latino. Latino professors work in many departments including history, photography, math, neuroscience, English, language and culture studies, and economics. Latinos hold a variety of administrative and professional positions across campus, such as those in Community Relations, Campus Safety, Trinfo Cafe, Multicultural Affairs, the Counseling Center, Facilities, the library, the Health Center, and many others. In short, Trinity College could not function without its hundreds of Latino members!
To learn more about Latinos in Hartford or the kind of intellectual work the Hispanic Studies Program at Trinity engages in, feel free to explore the website www.hispanichartford.org that hosts The Latino Face of Trinity.
To learn more about the activities in which Latino students are involved, or to meet some of our Latino employees, click on the links below to learn more from the Latino students who created these pages!