Alli Roman, Trinity’s inaugural director for Diversity and Inclusion, was recognized by the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) with the Equity & Social Justice Award for her outstanding contributions as a change agent in the NCORE community. Roman was nominated for the award by peers and colleagues from around the country.
Since joining the Trinity staff in 2018, Roman has launched several programming initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion that have provided ways for the Trinity community to think differently about these issues: PRAXIS, a professional development series for faculty and staff members seeking to become “social justice allies” on campus; the Solidarity Summit, an annual conference in which students facilitate workshops on specialized social justice topics; and the Social Justice Peer Education Program, a leadership program that provides undergraduate students with ongoing training and leadership development regarding issues of social justice and equity.
Throughout her time at Trinity, Roman has also concentrated on creating spaces where students from underrepresented and historically marginalized backgrounds can connect with each other and build community.
“As a first-generation college graduate, a daughter of working-class immigrants, and a Black Latina woman, receiving this award means the world to me,” Roman says. “To be seen and honored by those I have so much respect for serves as a reminder of the work I have done and the work I want to continue to do.”