Who We Are
Admissions’ Diversity and Access Team (DAT) (formerly the Access and Outreach Team) works to support students from diverse backgrounds through the admissions process. DAT works closely with prospective students, families, college and school counselors, as well as community based organizations to develop and cultivate lasting relationships.
DAT is also comprised of high achieving Trinity students with diverse backgrounds who share a passion to provide unique experiences for low-income, first-generation, and students-of-color during their college search. Through a focus on personalization and long-term planning, the intern team assists the Admissions Office by organizing two annual fly-in programs while maintaining close interactions with prospective students year-round through panels, campus tours, and one-on-one conversations.
Meet the Team
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DAT hosts an annual fly-in program, Bantam Bound, for prospective students to get to know the college. This year’s program offers students a two-day, in-person experience on campus. We have designed the program with the goal of providing students applying for fall 2023 admission to college the opportunity to explore both the academic and social aspects of the Trinity community. Bantam Bound focuses on diverse perspectives including, but not limited to, the experiences of students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, and LGBTQIA+ students. Click here to learn more about Bantam Bound!
Below are some examples of institution-wide policies that Trinity College has implemented to support equity on campus.
Three major components to Trinity’s support of diversity and equality
On July 1, 2020, President Joanne Berger-Sweeney sent a letter to the campus community titled, “A Message of Hope and a Time to Act.”
In that letter she stated, “The Trinity community has my personal commitment that I will not let go of these challenges until we have changed for the better the experiences of people of color on our campus and improved racial justice and equity at this college. You can and should be part of the solution. I ask you to fight with me with Bantam spirit and pride for what our institution can and must be.”
To read her letter, including the full list of commitments the college has made to address systemic racism, click here.
In May 2020, President Berger-Sweeney appointed a working group to advise the administration in revising the then-existing Policy on Sexual Misconduct, to bring it into compliance with newly issued regulations from the Department of Education (DOE). That working group was comprised of: Jaymie D. Bianca ’21, Michelle Cabral, Joe DiChristina, Clare Donohoe ’22, Meredith Friedman, Adrienne Fulco, Cheryl Greenberg, Rita Kelley, Laura Lockwood, Jorge Lugo, Dickens Mathieu, and Takunari Miyazaki. In August 2020, the college released the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment. Based on this working group’s subsequent dialogue with students, faculty, and staff, in the fall and winter of 2020, the college has revised this policy, removed the “interim” label, and now issues the Trinity College Policy on Sexual Harassment, effective March 15, 2021.
The Campus Climate Incident Response Team is a group of Trinity community members that represent each of the constituencies on campus and seeks to promote inclusion and equity through its focus on the Trinity community’s responses to incidents that are harmful to the campus climate.
P.R.I.D.E. Walking Tour
Trinity College’s P.R.I.D.E. (Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education) program recently created a virtual walking tour of Hartford, CT for prospective and current students to familiarize themselves with the city they will call home for four years. P.R.I.D.E. aims to “help students from underrepresented backgrounds/identities (e.g., racial/ethnic, international, sexual orientation, and gender identity) become acquainted with the campus and make a successful transition to Trinity’s academic and social environment.
In a current climate defined by social distancing, the AOT hopes that you will utilize this virtual walking tour as a resource to explore the diverse city of Hartford that so many students have come to love. Situated just a step outside campus, Hartford offers a variety of opportunities for engagement ranging from delicious restaurants that will remind you of home to museums and historic buildings to beautiful parks within walking distance of your dorm and live performance entertainment venues. AOT suggests you enjoy this resource and start exploring!
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
To gain an understanding of the work being done by Trinity’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, check out the video below.