May 12, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

In recognition of 50 years of coeducation at Trinity, and in an effort to take a careful look at the work that remains to be done to achieve gender equity on campus, I launched the Task Force on the Status of Women at Trinity in the fall of 2019. Over the course of the fall and early spring semesters, the task force analyzed data about existing inequities on campus for female students, staff, and faculty. We compiled our observations, key findings, and suggested solutions in a recommendations report. The report is posted on the new task force website, where you can view all of the supporting data, current membership of the task force, and submit comments.

Sarah Raskin, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Laura Lockwood, Director of WGRAC, will co-chair the continuation of the task force, track progress on action items in conjunction with the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and produce an annual report for my review. This group will collaborate with divisional leadership and governance groups on campus to advance towards the goals outlined in the report.

The task force realizes that this report was completed before the COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed our daily lives, and it will work to adjust the timetables for resolution accordingly. This is an ongoing effort that will require the participation of all members of the Trinity community to be successful. Please visit the task force website if you are interested in joining the continuation of the task force or would like to submit feedback or questions.

Thank you all for sharing the data necessary to complete this report and for your participation on the task force. This important work will move Trinity one step closer to a more equitable future.


Joanne Berger-Sweeney
President and Trinity College Professor of Neuroscience