U.S. News & World Report Interviews President Berger-Sweeney

Q&A Topics Include Race-Related Issues, Value of Liberal Arts Education

President Joanne Berger-Sweeney gives a presentation about her research on autism in September 2015.

Hartford, Connecticut, January 6, 2016 – In an interview published recently by U.S. News & World Report, Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney weighs 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 the preface to the interview, U.S. News national education writer Lauren Camera notes 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 U.S. News & World Report interview with Berger-Sweeney.