Dr. Sawyer serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Quinnipiac University. He is also a tenured, associate professor of sociology in the department of sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology.


Dr. Sawyer has more than 20 years of experience serving as a university administrator.

Dr. Don C. Sawyer III was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He is the son of two dedicated parents who saw education as a tool for generational transformation and limitless possibilities. A first-generation college student, Dr. Sawyer graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A. in Psychology in 1999. Driven to continue his education, Dr. Sawyer enrolled at Syracuse University, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2013, after earning his M.A. in Sociology in 2008 and his M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education in 2003.
At present, he is the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and the Chief Diversity Officer at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Dr. Sawyer is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as an assistant clinical professor in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac. Dr. Sawyer teaches courses exploring race, education, popular culture, and social research methods, including the university’s first course dedicated to the sociological study of hip-hop culture.
With more than 20 years of higher education experience, Dr. Sawyer has worked diligently to nurture healthy relationships between academic and student affairs. He understands that collaborative partnerships create an environment conducive to the successful recruitment, retention, education, and graduation of civically engaged students. He builds on this social consensus to connect with multiple populations and help institutions address complex issues with solutions that engage and empower all members of the campus community.
A community-based project using hip-hop to unite Haitian and Dominican youth living in the Dominican Republic.
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Don's podcast cover diverse topics including fatherhood, love, health, sports, and bridging generational gaps in perspective.
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The Cut
“The Cut” is a video series that promotes a safe space and a platform for Black students at Quinnipiac University.
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My lived experiences as a Black male, father, mentor, educator, and scholar have played a significant role in determining my academic and research focus.
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Outside of Dr. Sawyer’s inspired work in public schools and the Dominican Republic, he is actively engaged in creating community-centered partnerships devoted to freedom and justice with social collaborators.