Timothy Dunn in New Role as Trinity College’s Full-Time Title IX Coordinator

Kathryn Wojcik Hired as Director of Campus Life Initiatives and Social Houses

​Hartford, Connecticut, July 15, 2016 – Timothy Dunn became Trinity College’s full-time Title IX coordinator on January 1, 2016. Dunn, who holds a law degree from the University of Oklahoma and remains active in the bar, had been Trinity’s associate director of student services for social houses since November 2013.

Timothy Dunn, Title IX Coordinator
​Timothy Dunn
As the Title IX coordinator, Dunn is responsible for providing leadership and support for the College’s compliance with all requirements under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and other laws pertaining to discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence.

“I oversee investigations, make sure they are fair, that everyone is treated well, and that the process is as prompt as it can be,” Dunn said. He also works with the Women & Gender Resource Action Center and student groups to provide educational programs concerning preventing sexual violence and talks to faculty and staff members about their designation as responsible employees under the College’s sexual misconduct policy.

Joe DiChristina, dean of campus life and vice president for student affairs, said, “At Trinity, it is our intent to comply with both the letter and the spirit of these laws, and dedication of a full-time staff member to this effort is critical.”

Dunn said his office will publish a quarterly newsletter to keep the campus informed. “I’m hoping to take the fear out of the process and remove some of the stigma associated with Title IX,” Dunn said. He is also working with students involved in the Campaign for Community on what he calls a “plain English” rewrite of the College’s sexual misconduct policy that is more accessible to the student body.

Dunn, who is originally from Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. Dunn has spent time in private practice as an attorney and was the director of Greek life at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he taught undergraduate law courses. In his earlier role at Trinity, he oversaw Greek houses, theme houses, and cultural houses.

Kathryn Wojcik, director of campus life initiatives and social houses
​Kathryn Wojcik
Kathryn Wojcik arrived on campus in July as the new director of campus life initiatives and social houses, taking over many of Dunn’s previous responsibilities. Originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Wojcik comes to Trinity from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where she served for the past year as director for fraternity and sorority affairs. Wojcik also has held the positions of assistant director for residential life and interim Greek life adviser at Colgate and housing coordinator at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

In her most recent role, Wojcik was the adviser to five fraternities and three sororities constituting approximately 30 percent of the student population. Her experience includes training student leaders on anti-hazing practices in compliance with state laws, international organization guidelines, and institutional policies.

“At Colgate, I brought together the college houses and Greek houses, promoted community building, and encouraged people to learn from each other,” Wojcik said. “I am very passionate about bringing diverse groups together, and I’m excited to work with the social, Greek, and cultural houses at Trinity.”

Wojcik holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts, and a master’s in education from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. While working as an undergraduate resident assistant, Wojcik enjoyed creating a sense of community for her fellow students. “I had really great leaders who helped me find my place in college, and I wanted to give that back to other students as well,” she said.

To Wojcik, her new role at Trinity means an opportunity to enrich the lives of students, both to help them make the most of their time in Hartford and to help prepare them for when they leave campus. “I’d like to connect the Greek system more with the greater community, to show students they can be part of something bigger and really foster relationships,” she said. “And I am really interested in working closely with Career Development, to show students how leadership roles on campus can translate to internships and jobs after Trinity. I want to see students take these skills with them in life.”

Written by Andrew J. Concatelli

Photos by John Marinelli