The Fall 2021 application period is closed for Trinity students, but the Action Lab is still accepting applications from Capital students. The Lab will begin accepting applications for Spring 2022 in October 2021. 

Students from Capital Community College and Trinity College are welcome to list up to 4 preferences for project proposals by April 16, 2020. The Action Lab will inform students if they have been matched to a project team by April 19, before registration for the Fall 2021 semester. Listen to Action Lab faculty and students describe how they learn with Hartford community partners.

Students must be available to enroll in two 13-week Action Lab courses beginning on September 8:

  • The LAAL 200 Action Research Methods in Hartford (meets on Monday afternoons, from 1:15-3:55 pm)
  • LAAL 201 Hartford Research Project team that meets either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 1:30-4:10 pm or Wednesdays from 1:15-3:55 pm or 6:30-9:00 pm

Both will be taught by the Action Lab Director at our downtown campus, and successful students will earn 2 Trinity credits, which is the equivalent of 6 CCC credits. Cross-referenced Action Lab courses count toward Trinity majors in Ed Studies, Human Rights, Public Policy & Law, and Urban Studies. Contact us if you have questions about the application process.

Need guidance on how to choose a project? Read the brief descriptions and note down the ones that capture your interest. See full project descriptions below the form.

Frog Hollow Storytelling Project: SINA proposes to document the history of Frog Hollow through the voices of its residents, to recognize and build upon community vitality.

Community Ownership Project: LISC proposes an analysis of who owns non-owner occupied homes in the North End, to identify recommendations that improve conditions for renters and wealth-building for owner-occupants and community-based investor-owners.

Neighborhood Investment: The Southwest and Behind the Rocks NRZ proposes an examination of the return on investment from community revitalization projects, in order to advocate for further investment.

Energy Efficiency Project: Sierra Club CT proposes research to understand Hartford residents’ energy burden (the proportion of income spent on energy bills) and identify programs to reduce costs through energy efficiency.

Don’t rule a project out because you don’t know how to do the work that is described. You will receive instruction and guidance—that’s why you are taking these courses!



Full Proposals and Preferences: