The spring semester is in full swing, and the energy on campus is palpable. On Feb. 1, Trinity kicked off its 150th anniversary with a day of service and celebration. It was remarkable to see hundreds of members of the great Trinity community come together in celebration and fellowship.
More than 500 students, faculty, staff, and alumni stepped up to provide 13 local community agencies with more than 1,000 hours of service toward a goal of 150,000 hours for this, our 150th year. Many more alumni contributed their time in their own communities in solidarity with those on campus.
The evening’s celebration brought our campus to life with the sounds of live music, laughter, and a thunderous fireworks display signalling the end of a grand party. Though our official kickoff event is now in the past, I invite you to stay connected with us for upcoming 150th commemorative events or to share your Trinity memories with us.
It’s important to recognize that our 150th anniversary is not only a time of celebration, but also of commemoration. As heirs of the past and stewards of the future, I recently collaborated with Academic Affairs to appoint the Trinity University Roots Commission. The Roots Commission is comprised of faculty from across disciplines who are exploring issues of race and injustice in Trinity’s past, and sharing their research to galvanize open, honest dialogue. As a historic institution, we are haunted by ghosts of our past, and we cannot put them to rest without confronting and acknowledging them.
To that end, I was energized by this year’s participation in the City of San Antonio’s 51st annual MLK Jr. March, culminating with Trinity’s annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Lecture. This year’s speaker was Ijeoma Oluo, Seattle-based author of So You Want to Talk About Race. Her work continues to be a resource for our campus and alumni as we confront our past and accelerate what’s next for Trinity. In support of those efforts, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion recently launched our first-ever Campus Climate Diversity and Equity Survey, results of which we will receive this spring.
As we approach the mid-way point in the semester, I want to thank you for your continued engagement with Trinity as we strive to fully live our values as a University of the highest order.
Yours in service,
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