New Task Forces to Address Campus Climate, Women

Teddy Wong ’22

Contributing Writer

Trinity College President and Professor of Neuroscience Joanne Berger-Sweeney has announced the creation of two new presidential task forces aimed at addressing issues of concern on campus. These two task forces, one on the status of women, projected to begin this fall, and a second on campus climate, projected to begin in the spring, arose from previous discussions around common ideals of “shared governance” and the president’s belief in “our potential to achieve even more” in the areas of campus climate.
According to an email recently sent out to the community by President Berger-Sweeney, the task forces aim to “shed light on the progress we’ve made in recent years and address the work that remains to create a welcoming and equitable environment for all,” according to Berger-Sweeney’s email. These task forces will be multi-constituent in nature, with an invitation expected to faculty, staff, and students, among others, soon. Chief of Staff to the President Jason Rojas added that “one of our next steps is to put out a call for self-nominations, which should happen by the end of the week.”
The proposed task forces also build upon previous actions taken by the administration last spring, where employee and student campus climate surveys presented a number of concerns regarding the health of our campus climate that called for attention and review.