Date of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Abigail Fisher Williamson

Second Advisor

Stefanie Chambers


Colleges claim to inculcate civic skills, in part through experiential learning programs in their surrounding communities. But how do these programs achieve their goals for different students and across differing settings? Trinity College—a four-year liberal arts college located in Hartford, Connecticut—is unique as a small, predominantly white institution situated in a predominantly Black and Brown city. In theory, the distinct nature of a privileged residential college in a marginalized urban space presents the opportunity to form a diverse community through mutually beneficial partnerships. Such outcomes are possible but are not so easily achieved. Instead, divisions exist between Trinity and Hartford.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.