Monique Daley Joins Wheeler as Diversity Officer
Monique Daley, MS, has joined Wheeler as the first diversity officer at the organization, a statewide leader in integrated primary and behavioral health care.
In her new role, she will promote and monitor equity, diversity and inclusion for the Wheeler workforce and patients; lead the Wheeler Diversity and Inclusion Committee; monitor and review the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts; promote full integration of National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (The National CLAS Standards) and health equity throughout Wheeler; and much more, including training and education, as well as ensuring Wheeler is working with minority- and women-owned businesses.
Daley reports directly to President and CEO Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA.
“2020 has shown such wide chasms in our state and country, and organizations must do better,” says Trocchi. “Wheeler serves 30,000 individuals and families every year, in 90% of the state’s cities and towns. My 1,000 colleagues are diverse, talented, and represent all backgrounds, identities, genders, and ethnicities. Monique will help guide us to ensure our practices are grounded and culturally responsive, our culture and services represent the communities we serve, our external and internal messaging is culturally appropriate, and that we are doing everything we can to make a more just, equitable tomorrow for the state."
“We are at a critical point in addressing systemic disparities particularly toward historically marginalized groups,” says Daley. “Therefore, we can no longer speak about diversity, equity, or inclusion without the commitment of becoming what we speak. I look forward to working with the leadership at Wheeler to ensure that practices and policies continue to be a just representation of who we are and those we serve.”
Before Wheeler, Daley served as the training and program coordinator at the Women and Gender Resource Action Center at Trinity College under the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In her role, she worked closely with constituents across campus to address campus culture and climate as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion; coordinated speakers on trending and intersecting issues to the greater community; implemented Title IX-related programming; and more.
Before Trinity College, she spent nearly a decade at Central Connecticut State University and also worked at the Court of Common Council of the City of Hartford.
She is a Fulbright Scholar with experience in Ghana, West Africa, holds a master’s in communication from Central Connecticut State University, and is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Hartford.