As Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” If one of our goals at Trinity is to produce critical thinkers who will be leaders and problem-solvers in the urban-global age — who will attempt to change a world scarred by ethnic and religious intolerance, violence against women, and political dogmatism — we need to “be the change” at home.
You’ll discover that Trinity is a college committed to a vibrant multicultural community. The College offers programs and resources that support and help give voice to a diverse student body. Some programs are directed specifically to first-year students to assist in their transition to college life, while others support students at every turn in their college lives.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs
oversees all efforts to promote a richly diverse and welcoming Trinity experience. Multicultural Affairs helps recruit and retain a more representative student body, support multicultural student groups, run the P.R.I.D.E. mentoring program, and promote activities that enhance academic success and social satisfaction for students of color.
Cultural Houses + Theme Houses
and student-organized theme houses serve as “home bases” for campus, hubs for a common interest, and centers for cross-cultural learning and dialogue. They provide a welcoming environment for all students to explore other cultures and celebrate their own.
(Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education) is a year-long program that provides social and academic support for incoming students from diverse cultural backgrounds and seeks to increase awareness and acceptance of difference among all students. The program starts with a pre-orientation Welcome Weekend where students form early friendships and learn more about campus resources.
Women and Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC)
brings together women and men of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, cultural groups, and sexual identities to increase awareness of women’s rights and gender inequalities and to promote healthy, respectful interaction between women and men on campus and in the community.
Queer Resource Center
was created to provide a safe space for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and ally students. It offers an affirming space for this community and serves as a center for student services and campus initiatives.
All people of all faiths are welcome to participate in religious and spiritual programs on campus. There is a broad range of offerings, including the Chapel congregation, the non-denominational Christian Banquet group, Hillel, the Muslim Students Association, the Roman Catholic Newman Society, Trinity Zen (Buddhism), the Mindfulness Project, the Chapel Singers, and the Trinity College Chapel Choir.
Office of International Students and Scholars
The OISS provides assistance to current and prospective members of Trinity’s international community. Our student population includes 160 undergraduates from nearly 54 countries across the globe, and the College’s dynamic corps of scholars enrich who come to Trinity to teach and conduct research. The OISS serves as a multi-faceted resource to help support Trinity’s “global village.”
Clubs + Organizations
Trinity students are the best cultural ambassadors we have. More than two dozen cultural organizations and student clubs are active at Trinity.
Preview Weekend is a two-day visit program designed to give seniors in high school an opportunity to explore both the academic and social aspects of the Trinity community, with a focus on the experiences of our students of color.