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Trinity College has a wide variety of opportunities for Hispanic students to become involved with the Hispanic community in Hartford.

Trinfo Café is a center in the neighborhood around Trinity that is open to residents to work on computers in a warm and welcoming environment. There are a variety of programs that are free  (including internet access) to the community. Many bilingual students direct the introductory classes for first time users. Along with Trinfo Café, there are many other chances for students to discover the deep Hispanic culture that resides within the Trinity Community. La Voz Latina is a student run cultural group emphasizes Latin American Culture, politics, and social issues not only in the Trinity Community but also in the greater Hartford area. F.A.C.E.S, Praxis, and the Trinity Lions club all create a union between Trinity students and residents of Hartford. These students embrace culture and are striving to maintain a functional relationship for those who don’t really understand Spanish culture.

Along with the student groups offered at Trinity, there are also many internship programs that students can participate in and work within the Hispanic business and social service community. The Hispanic Health Council is a service dedicated to protecting the rights of Latinos and the betterment of public health. The interns work in one of the specific research groups, and also contribute to whatever needs the agency has, such as filing and data entry. Students are able to learn about nutrition, child abuse prevention, drug prevention, and AIDS/HIV prevention. Participation in this type of internship would be of great benefit to members of the Hartford community because there is a very large Hispanic population that resides here.

Latin and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission assists Puerto Rican and Latino families by helping them gain access to the state resources that are available to them.  Some of the resources include family protection, medical assistance, education, government reform, right to court, and economic progress. As an intern, students would observe and prepare public political proposals and lobbying efforts that would affect the Puerto Rican and Latin community.These opportunities provide each person with the capacity to utilize their Spanish and also get to know how big the Hispanic population really is in Hartford; it is a way to represent Trinity and participate in the political community.

For questions regarding internships contact Anne Lundberg head of the internship office, She can provide information on where to go, how to go about signing up for an internship, choosing which internship is best for you, and finally how many credits you receive and who gives you the grade. From a brief interview many of the students who apply for an internship normally take those that compliment their intended majors. Students must go through an application process and once they are accepted depending on how many hours the internship requires dictates how many credits (most of them are 1 course credit). Hours vary and the grade comes from the people whom you worked for and a final report. For further questions, again contact Anne Lundberg. 


Melody Mendoza: Brazilian Alliance

1. How has your internship shaped the image of Hispanics in Hartford? Has it affected your opinion of being a Hispanic at Trinity?

“I hadn’t realized how large the community was and how much voice/how active they were. I came from a smaller town similar in racial dynamics; however, here there are a different set of Latinos and dynamics [groups from different countries and immigrants and non-immigrants (Puerto Ricans) living together.] I feel more at home since I’ve realized the size of the community here and complete. Coming to Trinity and having the opportunity to do something like this for school because it was incorporated in the course load. Overall a very positive experience.”

2. Did you choose your internship mainly for the opportunity to work/help other Hispanics in the Hartford community?

“Yes. I understood the challenges of feeling displaced or different, not that language has ever been a challenge, but interning in a bilingual school was being at the core of the issue. I wanted to see what it would be like to work with people who are characterized as “Latinos” when they themselves don’t categorize them as that.”

3. Finally, the most basic question how was your overall experience and would you recommend it to someone else?

“I had different experiences during the internship, but all rewarding. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience them had I not signed up for the internship. It offered me the chance to see how communities worked together, nonprofits, social work, the dynamics, and I got to do something different. I would definitely recommend it to others, but be ready for anything and don’t expect too much or too little. That way you’re never disappointed, you can always learn from any group-the people who I came to know were very welcoming.”

Christina Seda: Burns Elementary School

“I wouldn’t say that my internship has shaped the way that I perceive Latinos in Hartford, but its certainly reaffirmed my beliefs. Just like every minority group, Latinos continue to struggle. In Hartford, even though some groups have been here for decades (Pricans etc), Latinos continue to struggle to claim political and social spaces as their own, in a positive way. For me, that speaks to just how insidious prejudices are. The schools is still an antagonistic rather than an empowering space. I chose my internship to work with inner city youth, not Latinos in particular, but I did choose to work at the Latino Studies Academy because I wanted to help shape a curriculum that would empower students and help them to recognize that their culture can be a powerful educational tool. The “Latino Studies’ program is new, and as of now, I would not recommend that someone try to work on the curriculum; the school leaders are still trying to work out the kinks so that the school can function, without much time for the curriculum as of yet. I also volunteer at the same school and have very much enjoyed that… I would certainly encourage students to get out and volunteer, especially latinos and minorities  who can relate to the children (most schools have a very high Latino population).”

En Español:

En la Universidad de Trinity hay una variedad de oportunidades para que estudiantes hispanos se extiendan la mano a la comunidad hispana de Hartford. Si un estudiante quiere utilizar sus destrezas bilingues, por ejemplo, puede dar clases en Trinfo Café. Trinfo Café es un centro de tecnología en el vecindario al cual los residentes locales pueden ir y trabajar en las computadoras en un ambiente seguro y amistoso. Hay acceso gratis al Internet y una variedad de programas para aprender a usar la computadora. Muchos estudiantes bilingües dirigen estos programas porque la mayor parte de la comunidad es hispana, y a veces no saben mucho inglés.

Junto con Trinfo, hay muchas otras oportunidades para explorar la identidad hispana dentro de la comunidad de Trinity. La Voz Latina es un grupo cultural que facilita una conscientización de la cultura latinoamericana, de la política, y tambien de los problemas sociales no sólo en la comunidad de Trinity sino también en Hartford. F.A.C.E.S, Praxis, y Trinity College Lions Club formentan una unión entre los estudiantes de Trinity y los residentes de Hartford. Ellos animan la participacíon comunitaria para que todos entiendan y aprecien las diferencias culturales, entre nosotros (hispanos de Trinity) y ellos (comunidad de Hartford); esperan mantener una relación activa en Hartford para el bien de todos.

El Hispanic Health Council es un servicio dedicado a la protección del bienestar de latinos. Asegura la mejora de la salud mental y física. Los internos tendrán la oportunidad de trabajar en uno de los muchos programas de investigación y también trabajarán según sus necesidades o las necesidades de la agencia. Hay muchas oportunidades de trabajar con la nutrición, prevención del abuso de niños, prevención de drogas, y la prevención de SIDA/VIH. Esto sería muy beneficioso a estudiantes hispanos porque hay una gran necesidad de hispanohablantes en la comunidad de Hartford.

Otra práctica posible es con el Latin and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission que asiste con el desarrollo y el progreso de recursos disponibles para familias latinas y puertorriqueñas en el estado. Proporcionan consejo político incluyendo alla Gobernadora y la Legislatura. Como interno, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de observar y preparar informes políticos públicos que afectan la comunidad latina y puertorriqueña. Tales recursos incluyen asistencia con el cuidado de familia, asistencia médica, educación, reforma del gobierno, derecho penal, y progreso económico. Estas oportunidades ofrecen a cada persona la capacidad de no sólo utilizar su español sino también reconocer cuan grande es la población hispana en Hartford y la relación que Trinity tiene con la comunidad.

Para preguntas sobre puestos de interno pueden ponerse en contacto con Anne Lundberg en la oficina de puesto de interno o por correo electronico, Ella puede dar información en donde ir, eligiendo qué puesto de interno es el mejor para usted, y finalmente cuantos créditos usted recibe y quién le da el grado. De una breve entrevista muchos de los estudiantes que solicitan a un puesto de interno normalmente toman aquellos que son para los mayores intencionados. Los estudiantes deben pasar por un proceso de aplicación y una vez que ellos son aceptados según cuantas horas el puesto de interno requiere, dicta cuantos créditos (la mayor son 1 crédito de curso). Las horas varían y el grado viene de la gente que usted trabajó para y un informe final. Para preguntas adicionales, otra vez póngase en contacto con Anne Lundberg.

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