Trinity College Featured in Recent National Media Reports on Major Issues in Education

Jan 14, 2016
Trinity College campusHartford, Conn. (January 14, 2016)Trinity College is making national headlines for its emphasis on sexual consent education and its efforts to enroll more low-income and minority students. Additionally, Trinity’s president, Joanne Berger-Sweeney, weighed in on higher education topics that have figured prominently in the national media in recent months, including race-related issues and the value of a liberal arts education, in a recent interview published by U.S. News & World Report.

An article published in The New York Times on January 9 called “Campus Sex … With a Syllabus,” by Jessica Bennett, reported on a series of lectures given at Trinity in the fall by Jonathan Kalin of Party with Consent.

“... On this Saturday, [Kalin] had traveled from Providence, R.I., where he worked at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, to Hartford to speak to Trinity students about the importance of understanding what has become a campus buzzword of late: consent,” the article says. “The lecture, which he would give four times on this day, to four different groups of students, was part of a sexual assault curriculum that Trinity College freshmen were required to complete (and had their attendance recorded to ensure it). … ‘Hopefully it’s a gateway to a larger conversation,’” Kalin said.

Click here to read the full article in The New York Times.

The Hechinger Report published the article “Fixing a higher education ‘caste system’ that screams inequality: Help us find answers,” by Editor in Chief Liz Willen, on January 11. 

“... Changing U.S. demographics mean more qualified low-income students will be making their way to admissions offices like those at Hamilton and Trinity — if they’ve managed to overcome the obstacles to getting there. And they are going to need more financial aid to attend,” Willen writes.  Her article includes input from Trinity College Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Angel B. Pérez.

“Pérez, who writes and speaks widely about the need to boost enrollments for low-income and minority students and works with scholarship organizations to find funding … is frustrated that Trinity can’t do even more, even though new President Joanne Berger-Sweeney recently raised over $10 million for financial aid,” the article says. “‘It’s never enough,’ Pérez told me. ‘Each year I have to turn away students because we just don’t have enough money to support all of the students that deserve a spot in our class. This isn’t a Trinity problem. It’s an American higher education problem.’”

Click here to read the full article in The Hechinger Report.

In the preface to the U.S. News & World Report interview with Trinity’s president, national education writer Lauren Camera describes Trinity College as “the small and selective liberal arts school neatly tucked into the middle of Hartford, Connecticut.” She writes that, as one of the few women of color serving as president of a selective liberal arts college, Berger-Sweeney knew “she was stepping into a role in which she would stand out” when she joined Trinity in 2014. “But Berger-Sweeney,” continues Camera, “who earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and went on to earn a doctorate in neurotoxicology from Johns Hopkins University, couldn’t have imagined how relevant her personal narrative would be when she took the reins.”

“A year into her presidency, the issue of race has ignited campus protests, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing an affirmative action case, and a rapidly evolving workforce has called into question the worth of a traditional liberal arts education.”

Click here to read the December 24 U.S. News & World Report interview with Berger-Sweeney.