Participants reflect on the impact of a week dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion
As the semester slowly draws to a close and the finals are fast approaching, Trinity’s Diversity Connection (TDC) has organized events with different organizations to help students enjoy the last few weeks on campus. During the week of April 4-8, TDC planned a week full of creative and interactive events that focused on diversity, inclusion, empowerment and equity for students and faculty.
TDC kicked off the week in the Fiesta Room on Monday, April 4, where students came together to decorate free denim tote bags and explore differences in identity and intersectionality. Paint, pins and tote bags were distributed to students to personalize.
Sophomore Mason Fraser, a participant, felt a sense of relief and calm after this event.
“It was so nice and relaxing, especially because it was in the middle of a crazy testing day for me. It was nice to sit with my friends and laugh and relax a bit. was definitely the highlight of my day,” Fraser said.
On Tuesday, April 5, coloring books were distributed at the Miller Fountain to students to promote relaxation and shed light on mental health awareness. In addition to coloring books, TDC gave effective tips on how to take better care of yourself and distributed other free gifts for self-care.
To celebrate women, the Women’s Appreciation and Empowerment event on Wednesday April 6 spotlighted women who are making a difference in the world. Influential women in history were represented in different fields such as STEM, women’s rights, entrepreneurship and health. Students and faculty organized the event, handing out “girl-power” stickers, Vietnamese buns and skincare products from local women-owned businesses.
Several diversity organizations worked together on Thursday, April 7 for an afternoon of fun activities, games and opportunities to win free prizes. This collaboration of diversity organizations featured a field day, featuring members of not only the TDC, but also the South Asian Student Association, the Chinese Language and Culture Association, the Japanese Culture Club, PRIDE, the Latin American Association of Trinity University, and the Union of Black Students.
At the end of the week, TDC and the Student Programming Board (SPB) organized an event called Taste of Diversity, which allowed people to explore diverse cuisines from diverse cultures. Attendees were able to try dishes ranging from Korean corn dogs, mochi donuts, empanadas, bao buns and more.
Julie Bondy, junior and member of the TDC, played a major role in the planning and organization of these events.
Bondy said: “The Taste of Diversity event had the highest turnout and can be considered one of our most popular events. Over 165 people registered for the event, but we only bought food for 150 attendees, so we had to tell some people to come back when the event was over. In the end, we were able to distribute all of our goodie bags and most of the food brought in by local businesses around San Antonio. »
Sophomore Taste of Diversity participant Jade Gonzalez had a very rewarding and exciting experience.
“I loved the taste of diversity. It was such a great experience to be able to try foods that I had never had before from so many different cultures at one event,” Gonzalez said.
Bondy also shared that Diversity Week on campus created a stronger sense of community, as the events allowed students to engage with people they might not always have the chance to interact with.
“The strong turnout across all events really supports TDC’s mission and gives me hope that openness and acceptance of all people, regardless of race, sexuality, other of their identity, culture, etc. can happen in a world with so much pressure on what is considered “right,” Bondy said.