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Summit Fellow for Indigenous Community Initiatives and Civic Engagement

Trinity College
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 13, 2024

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Summit Fellow for Indigenous Community Initiatives and Civic Engagement


Regular or Temporary

Hours Per Week

FLSA Determination

Weeks Per Year


Open Date

Full or Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary

Trinity College seeks a staff that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 41 states and 70 countries, with 21 percent U.S. students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Conn. With more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.

Trinity College initiated a process to develop a Land Acknowledgement to expand understanding of the college’s history and its place in Hartford with an emphasis on the College’s relationship to Indigenous communities and to recognize, respect and affirm the ongoing relationship between Indigenous people as traditional stewards of land where the college’s campus is located. The Fellow will support the work of a Land Acknowledgment Steering Committee to oversee the implementation of the Land Acknowledgment Statement and Commitments, serve as a Steering Committee liaison to campus departments and offices that can support implementation of land acknowledgment commitments and support the development and execution of programs and events associated with Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Native American Heritage Month.

Trinity College has also been an active participant in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge sponsored by Civic Nation, an effort that aims to increase civic education and engagement on college campuses. These goals are accomplished through efforts to institutionalize democratic engagement activities and programs so that they are defining features of campus life and the student experience. The Fellow will support the work of TrinVotes! Steering Committee to oversee implementation of an action plan to improve civic learning, political engagement, and voter participation. They will represent the TrinVotes! Steering Committee at meetings, convenings and training sessions organized by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and other organizations that focus on voter engagement and participation. Develop and monitor civic engagement and voter participation goals and performance indicators.


Fellows must have successfully earned an undergraduate degree in any field within the last 3 years, preferably from a liberal arts college. They must be agile, creative, and passionate about the liberal arts experience and Trinity’s mission and strategic goals. Ideal candidates will have a proven track record of being highly collaborative and committed to inclusiveness, and they will be interested in thinking about the future of higher education.

Other desired qualifications and work requirements include:

• Knowledge of the issues facing Indigenous communities today as well as campus issues linked to Indigenous student engagement
• Experience in developing events rooted in the concerns and aspirations of Native American and
Indigenous nations, leaders, artists, activists and intellectuals.
• Record of being active in student organizations or working with student organizations in a higher
education setting
• Proficiency of relevant software applications including MS Office
• Willingness to work non-traditional hours including evenings and weekends as needed
• Ability to communicate positively and cooperatively with students and co-workers
• Ability to interact with students from diverse backgrounds • Ability to work independently while
contributing to the team environment
• Organizational skills with an attention to detail and accuracy

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants must apply online by submitting their resume and cover letter as well as list 3 references.

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Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students, faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many opportunities for cultural and social engagement.

The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.

For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research. Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.


 Trinity College

Intellectually impressive. Fiercely determined. Unquestionably accomplished.

Since its foundation in 1823, Trinity College, located in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, has been educating students in the liberal arts with the educational and experiential foundations they need to succeed as informed global citizens. Trinity is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the Consortium On Financing Higher Education (COFHE). Faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers, and other national academic awards.

While Trinity has enjoyed a long, prestigious history, the college finds itself poised in transition as the landscape of higher education across the country undergoes a fundamental shift. Under the leadership of Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who was inaugurated on October 26, 2014 as Trinity’s 22nd President, Trinity is looking forward to a bold future that will require innovation borne out of long-term strategic planning that will make the college even more visible and competitive. Among the strategic plan’s broad goals is to design a distinctive, relevant liberal arts education that positions Trinity increasingly as a first-choice destination for students, faculty, and staff.

At Trinity College, we’re known for getting things done—and for doing them in a way that creates lasting meaning. Students come here to engage in a challenging liberal arts education, live as part of a tenacious community, explore what’s possible, and find answers to the challenges of tomorrow.

On our 100-acre campus in Connecticut's state capital, you can take advantage of all that our thriving city has to offer, including diverse perspectives, experiential learning, and an energetic culture. And with the knowledge, resources, and partnerships we’ve cultivated at Trinity, we’re an active part of driving Hartford forward as well.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to our employees and the college. We recognize the diverse composition and needs of our community of employees and strive to respond to those needs in a professional, caring and equitable manner by:

  • Recruiting and promoting the best-qualified people – while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the workplace.
  • Providing a competitive salary and benefits package for our employees.
  • Establishing, administering and effectively communicating sound policies and practices that treat employees with dignity and equality, while maintaining compliance with employment and labor laws and College directives.
  • Promoting a work atmosphere that is safe, healthy, secure and conscious of family and community relations.
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