Beginning in Fall 2020, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) launched the DEI Faculty Fellows program. DEI Faculty Fellows will provide support to individual faculty, departments, and programs in their diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. Each fellow will complete a range of professional development experiences to enhance their expertise and skills. Fellows will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students.


Emily A. Garner, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Emily Garner is an Assistant Professor and Head Women’s Basketball Coach in the Department of Athletics and Physical Education. As a coach and educator, her goal is to create and maintain a culture of excellence that maximizes the growth and potential of the whole student experience. This culture is founded on the values of trust, integrity, and consistent hard work. It is her hope that these values and culture will develop leadership and knowledge that extend beyond the court and classroom, and follow her students and players as they move throughout their lives.  Emily is also an active member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Timothy R. Landry, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies

Timothy R. Landry is an associate professor of anthropology and religious studies. His research and teaching focus on issues surrounding religion, ritual, witchcraft, magic, and the occult. He’s conducted ethnographic research in the Caribbean and West Africa during which he’s documented the ways in which religions of the Black Atlantic world have globalized and intersected with post-colonialism, racial inequity, and cultural appropriation. Along with his research, Prof. Landry is deeply committed to LGBTQ+ social justice and inclusion. He looks forward to using his skills as an anthropologist and his passion for LGBTQ+ activism to support Trinity College’s office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to help make Trinity College a more welcome, affirming, and constructive environment for everyone.

Irene Papoulis, Principal Lecturer in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric

Irene Papoulis teaches essay writing in various forms and is currently the Director of Academic Advising and Faculty Development.

She is interested in how writers work in any genre, from the initial formation of ideas to the problems and delights of revision. Her academic interests include psychological approaches to the teaching of writing, creative nonfiction, writing in the public sphere, gender issues, and contemplative practices in the classroom. She is also a longtime Faculty Associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College, and the book review editor of the Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (JAEPL).

She appears as an occasional Friday radio panelist on the Colin McEnroe Show, broadcast on Connecticut’s Public Radio (WNPR).

Sarah Raskin, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Sarah Raskin is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Trinity College.  Her research includes measuring cognitive changes in different populations, including survivors of intimate partner violence, and is guided by input from a community research participant advisory group.  She was the recipient of the Arthur Hughes award for teaching achievement and the Trustee Award for Faculty Excellence.  She was recognized by a regional neuroscience organization with the Erskine Award for mentoring neuroscience students, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut with the Bontke award for research benefiting people with brain injury. She is currently the co-chair of the Task Force on the Status of Women and the Director of Faculty Mentoring at Trinity College, through which she has facilitated the creation of one-on-one mentoring and helped facilitate affinity groups on campus and is thrilled with the response so far from faculty and staff.   She serves on the Women in Neuropsychology subcommittee of the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology for the American Psychological Association.  All of her courses include community learning partnerships and she helped create the Health Fellows Program.  She loves working with the students in the Neuroscience Club on supporting community initiatives in Hartford. She is currently working with colleagues at Trinity on creating a more inclusive environment at the College for students with disabilities.   She serves on a number of community boards including the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut and Connecticut Against Gun Violence, where she serves on the community violence reduction subcommittee, she is a member of the Women’s March CT organizing committee, and she is a member of the West Hartford Human Rights Commission.  She has two children, ages 20 and 24. She is honored and excited to serve as a DEI fellow.