Angel Pérez Is Featured Panelist at New York Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference

Topic of Discussion: “Race and Class in Admissions and on Campus”


Angel Pérez, right, participates in a discussion at the Schools for Tomorrow conference with John McWhorter from Columbia University.  Photo credit: Neilson Barnard/
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Hartford, Connecticut, September 18, 2015 – Trinity Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success Angel Pérez was a featured speaker at the fifth annual  Schools for Tomorrow conference hosted by The New York Times September 16 and 17 in New York City. The conference drew approximately 400 influential leaders from higher education and the public and private sectors, including senior administrators at colleges and universities, investors, and government officials. A video of the panel discussion with Pérez and Columbia University professor John McWhorter, moderated by New York Times writer Motoko Rich, is available here.

Pérez said that he was honored to represent higher education and Trinity College at the conference. “The debate on whether race and class is still important in creating educational access is critical not only to higher education but to the future of our nation. Schools like Trinity have a tremendous responsibility in taking as many different factors into account when admitting a freshman class,” he said. “We need to create a campus community that represents American society. It is on campuses like ours where students of different backgrounds come together to learn, share, and debate difference.”   

Read coverage by the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education about the conference and the panel discussion featuring Pérez here

Pérez joined Trinity on June 1, 2015, from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he served as vice president and dean of admission and financial aid. He holds a B.S. from Skidmore College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. Pérez is a Fulbright alumnus and serves on the U.S. Scholar Peer Review Committee for the Fulbright Scholar Program, as well as various other advisory leadership positions with organizations including The College Board, United World College Costa Rica, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and Hartford Youth Scholars. Read more about Pérez here.