Anita Davis serves as the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Trinity College. In this role, she collaborates with various campus stakeholders to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion goals into processes, policies, and initiatives in all areas of the College. She provides leadership to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which includes Multicultural Affairs, the Queer Resource Center, and the Women and Gender Resource Action Center. Dr. Davis also provides joint leadership, along with the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, to the Office of Human Resources.
Dr. Davis joined Trinity College in September 2018, coming from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), where she served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the consortium of 16 colleges and universities. Before ACS, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where she also served for seven years as an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and as the Inaugural Director of the African American Studies Program for five years.
A member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO), Davis holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in clinical/community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. from Rhodes College.
Pamela Whitley, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Compliance
Pamela Whitley serves as Trinity’s inaugural Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Compliance where she will provide strategic leadership to Trinity’s ongoing efforts to create a campus culture that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive for all students, faculty, and staff. Ms. Whitley brings broad and varied experiences in the areas of Title IX, compliance, and DEI to Trinity.
Ms. Whitley joined Trinity College in July 2021 from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), where she served as the Associate Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX officer. Her responsibilities included overseeing the investigation process for sexual harassment, discrimination, and Title IX complaints; providing leadership, coordination, and oversight of the university’s Affirmative Action Plan; and coordinating campuswide cultural events to promote equity and inclusion. Her experiences in higher education spans from technical colleges to public and private institutions in Connecticut, Washington, DC and South Carolina where she provided leadership in investigations and Title IX processes, DEI initiatives, first-year programs, academic advisement and international admissions.
A member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), Whitley holds a M.Ed. in counseling from Howard University and a B.S. from Voorhees College.
Carol Correa de Best, Director of Multicultural Affairs
Carol T. Correa de Best serves as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Trinity College. She provides direct supervision for the Office’s Program Assistant and student staff. Ms. Correa de Best also provides oversight for three cultural houses – A.A.S.A. House (held in trust by the Asian American Students Association), Umoja House (held in trust by Imani — the Black Student Union, T.C.B.W.O., the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization, and M.O.C.A., the Men of Color Alliance), and La Eracra (held in trust by La Voz Latina). Ms. Correa de Best facilitates leadership development and staff support for student organizations as well as coordinates the Office’s outreach program for first-year students, P.R.I.D.E., Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education, ensuring that the program’s peer leaders help create a positive environment where new students can develop both personally and academically.
An educator with over twenty years’ experience, Ms. Correa’s portfolio includes student development, with an emphasis on the issues facing U. S. students of color and international students, diversity training, event planning, teaching, curriculum development, arts in education, and student leadership development.
Ms. Correa de Best earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Capital Community College, a B.A. in History and Educational Studies and an M.A. in American Studies, with a concentration in Museums and Communities, from Trinity College. She is a Board Member for S.O.A.R., the Society Organized Against Racism. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering as a gardener for the Friends of Elizabeth Park, and the serving as a tour guide for Hartford Walking Tours.
Robert Cotto, Jr. Director, HMTCA Partnership, Community Fellow, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Robert serves as the Director of the Hartford Trinity College Magnet Academy (HMTCA) partnership and a Community Fellow with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Robert Cotto, Jr. graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in sociology and he has a Master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and from Trinity College in American Studies. He is currently completing his doctoral degree (Ph.D.) at the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education.
Before coming to Trinity, Robert was a K-12 educational researcher and teacher. He believes that teaching and learning should be connected to each student’s interests, the communities related to our study, and the scholars that have come before us. He has worked with students at various levels in the Hartford area to develop their academic interests, abilities, and skills.
His academic work focuses on K-12 education policy. His past and present research focuses on educational reform movements in the U.S. and Puerto Rico that offer educational improvement, yet often reinforce inequality or are subverted by existing social policy. In particular, he studies the history and current impact of educational testing, school choice, and teacher-led innovation, and management policies, particularly with respect to marginalized and racialized groups.
Read news about the HMTCA partnership, urban educational initiatives, and community fellow work through the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion here.
Jared Delane, Program Coordinator for P.R.I.D.E. and Cultural House Coordinator, Multicultural Affairs
Serves as the Program Coordinator for the P.R.I.D.E. program. He directly oversees all programming involving student P.R.I.D.E. Leaders and Cultural House activities. Prior to Trinity, Jared served as a Program Coordinator in The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Worcester State University. He graduated from the University of Connecticut ‘17 with a double Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Sciences and Sociology. While as student at UConn, Jared also competed as a Division I Track & Field athlete for four years.
Laura R. Lockwood, Director of Women & Gender Resource Action Center
Laura Lockwood has served as the director of the Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC) at Trinity College since 1998. She earned a B.A. in urban studies with a minor in history from the University of Connecticut. Her M.A. in public policy and law with a concentration in international women’s issues was completed while serving as the education director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) in Hartford. Lockwood taught sociology at the University of Hartford and Capital Community College and served as an organizing consultant for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. She also served as the executive director of community-based organizations in New Haven and New Britain. As a certified facilitator she participated in Trinity’s Conversations on Race in the early 2000s. She has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2016, Lockwood received Trinity College’s Trustee Award for Staff Excellence. Laura can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.