Students from more than a dozen Trinity organizations (shown here, the Bantam Bazaar and Bake Sale) banded together during the spring semester to raise money for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.The money went to two humanitarian groups, Haitian Ministries (www.haitianministries.org) and Partners in Health (www.pih.org).
Although the students rallied to the cause without prompting, they had the support of Trinity’s administration. In an e-mail to the student body, President Jones said he was “confident that the Trinity community will respond with vigor...” Jones reminded students that “Trinity has a history of helping others. Members of this community were involved in relief efforts in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004; and Hurricane Katrina.” (See “From the Archives” on page 35.)
The student organizers included Gerald Antoine ’11, a P.R.I.D.E. leader who was born and raised in Haiti. One of his mother’s cousins perished in the earthquake.
“My people in Haiti are in need of help,” Antoine said. “You never know when it might be your turn to be helpless.”
The offices of Multi-cultural Affairs, Comm-unity Service and Civic Engagement, and Campus Life worked with the students, various organizations, and others at the College to coordinate the campus-wide effort. The participating student groups included the Trinity Coalition of Black Women Organization, the Caribbean Students Association, La Voz Latina, the Trinity Gospel Choir, the Men of Color Alliance, P.R.I.D.E., The Mill, Student Government Association, Multicultural Affairs Council, Temple of Hip Hop, IMANI, FACES, the IDP program, and The Fred.
Consecration of Episcopal bishop of Connecticut brings Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Trinity
The Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, delivered a sermon devoted to peace, love, and unity at the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Ian T. Douglas as the 15th Diocesan Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut on April 17, 2010. The ceremony took place at Trinity’s Koeppel Community Sports Center, which for a day was transformed from an ice skating rink into a spiritual and holy sanctuary filled with more than 2,100 religious figures, church members, and friends and family who had traveled from throughout the region for the event.