Name: Hermonie Dixon
Hometown: Bloomfield, CT
Major: Undecided
Minor: Undecided
Extracurricular Involvement: General Body of Caribbean Students' Association and Trinity College Black Women's Organization
Email: [email protected]

Why did you join the Diversity and Access Team?

I joined DAT because I have a passion for helping people. I am sure a lot of people do but my passion runs so deep when it comes to helping those who are part of underrepresented communities because I am one of those people. There is inequality everywhere, not just in the college admissions process, as we know. Right now, if I can be a part of the change of inequity, I will do anything and DAT is a program that allows us to be a part of that change.

What is the biggest lesson you learned from your first semester on campus?

My first semester on campus I learned that at times college is what you make of it and at Trinity there is so much you can do with what is given to you. That looks like joining clubs, or supporting other club’s events, and watching movies with your friends in classrooms every Friday night. Being a college student can be stressful but if you sulk in that stress, it’ll ruin your experience.

How has a liberal arts education fostered your thinking? What class impacted you the

A class that impacted me the most was class I took my first semester which was Prisons and Justice in America. Prior to taking this class I was aware and interested in America’s criminal justice system and the flaws within it but to really dive deep into the works of political activists such as Angela Davis and Michel Foucault was eye opening. The way I thought about prisons and how they were intended to function and how they currently function have completely shifted. It was incredibly impactful to learn from other authors and draw my own conclusions and opinions from that.

What legacy do you hope to leave?

In terms of my legacy, I don’t imagine anything too big. When people look back on who I was I want them to remember me as a caring, funny, joyful person. I want to be remembered as a light in someone’s life. Someone that brought so much happiness to others that they can’t help but feel that energy when they recall the memories, they have of me. I hope to have this impact on not only the people I have created long-term relationships with but almost every single person I can come across.

How has the city of Hartford impacted your college experience?
The city of Hartford offers more than people even realize. The neighborhoods closely surrounding our campus give us the opportunity to try food from all different cultures, support businesses ran by people of color, and admire the artistry of Hartford residents.

If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?

If I were an animal, I would be a wolf. I think wolves are very smart animals that have amazingly developed status and hierarchy within their species. Being a part of a wolf pack would be cool. I would like to think I would be an alpha.

What areas of campus makes you feel at home?

On campus I feel most at home when I am in the library or Seabury. I spend most of my time in both places, but I don’t think that is why it feels like home. My friends here have become like a second family to me, and it has been in either the library or Seabury where we have had such great memories together or even struggled together. They’ve become our safe spots to be with each other and enjoy everyone’s company, along with getting work done.

What brings you the most joy on campus during stressful times?

I think it is a matter of who rather than what brings me joy during stressful times, and that is my friends. I have been so incredibly lucky to meet some of the most supportive and caring people I know at Trinity. There is nothing my lovely friends can’t solve by just being themselves and being there for me.