Maxwell alumnus named vice president of equity and inclusion
Don Sawyer ’08 MA (Soc)/’13 PhD (Soc) has been named
vice president for equity and inclusion at Quinnipiac University.
In this new role, Saywer is responsible for engaging
community members in critical conversations, helping train faculty, staff, and
students with respect to diversity, and setting up an action team that is ready
to respond if difficult situations arise. He is also responsible for deepening
Quinnipiac University’s relationships with local high-school communities. This
new position was created as part of Quinnipiac’s efforts to bolster student
engagement across racial and class divisions to strengthen the university’s
commitment to diversity.
Sawyer previously served as associate vice
president for academic affairs and chief diversity officer at Quinnipiac
University. He has been at Quinnipiac since 2012 and is tenured as an associate
professor of sociology. Sawyer researches urban education, prisoner reentry,
and youth critical media literacy, among other topics. As an applied
sociologist, much of his research is done through close partnerships with local
You can read more about Sawyer’s appointment in this
Quinnipiac Chronicle article.