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

‘The New York Times’ and Education-Focused ‘The Hechinger Report’ Come to Campus

Hartford, Connecticut, January 12, 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.

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.