Allison C. Roman, better known as Alli, is a Black Latina educator, storyteller, and social justice advocate. She attended UC Berkeley as a first-generation college student and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s in social welfare. In 2012, she graduated with her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Community Organization with Children and Youth.
Ms. Roman has given dozens of presentations and workshops about the power of storytelling in higher education; many presentations have focused on the stories of Black women, Afro-Latinas, and students of color within the higher education space. Much of her work has also focused on intersectionality and higher education. She has forthcoming publications about the role of storytelling for student affairs professionals of color in the edited collection No Ways Tired The Journey For Professionals Of Color In Student Affairs and a co-authored chapter entitled“The personal and the professional: Intersectional experiences of change in gender justice work” in the edited collection Women’s and Gender Equity Centers.
Because of her passion, Ms. Roman founded Dear Sis, a digital space that collects and shares letters of radical self-love for women of color by women of color. In late 2017, Ms. Roman also launched the Women of Color Directors Network, a digital community for women of color directors and leaders engaging in diversity, equity, and social justice work. This community has served as a critical space for women of color leaders to discuss imposter syndrome, burnout, self-care, and health.
Since 2017, she has served as a Board Member of the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE).
In January 2018, Ms. Roman became Trinity’s inaugural director for Diversity and Inclusion within the University’s newly created Diversity and Inclusion Office. In her first year at Trinity, Ms. Roman has already launched several programming initiatives, including a professional development series for faculty and staff members seeking to become “social justice allies” on campus. She also serves as the adviser to Trinity’s Black Student Union and Trinity Diversity Connection.
Master Social Work- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare- University of California, Berkeley