Trinity College Awarded $800,000 Grant For Arts, Humanities, Digital Scholarship

Trinity College has been awarded $800,000 over the next three years by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The grant will be used to fund four interrelated initiatives the college says will advance excellence in the arts, humanities and digital scholarship.

Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney said Monday that the grant will enable the college to “engage more of our students in humanities scholarship, with increased opportunities to integrate digital tools and community learning experiences.”

She said the initiatives being funded “build on the traditional strengths of a Trinity liberal arts education and further our vision of Trinity as a first-choice destination for students, faculty, and staff.”

Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Cresswell said the grant “both recognizes and strengthens our ability to engage all of our students, and particularly those with demonstrated financial need, in the full liberal arts experience that Trinity has to offer.”

A portion of the grant will go to fund 16 undergraduate students to pursue research experiences and internships in the arts and the humanities, with preference being given to students with financial need who are often unable take advantage of such opportunities

The grant will provide funding for stipends and housing to remove barriers that otherwise might discourage students from participating, the college said in a statement.

The grant will also fund the exploration by Trinity faculty of “inclusive” teaching and advising methods that take into consideration the varied backgrounds, learning styles and abilities of all students.

It will also fund an annual one-day undergraduate research symposium in the arts and humanities in collaboration with Connecticut College and Wesleyan University. The symposium will be be hosted by each institution on a rotating basis and will allow students to engage with the broader humanities scholarly community, to present their work, and to explore career options consistent with the study of liberal arts and humanities.

Lastly, the grant will go toward a digital scholarship program designed to develop the skills of Trinity faculty and students in the use of digital tools for teaching, learning and research.

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