At Trinity University, our steadfast commitment to intentional inclusion is stronger than ever. The University community continues to work to make Trinity’s campus a welcoming and inclusive environment. This year, the Texas Diversity Council awarded Trinity the organizational DiversityFIRST Leadership Award, in recognition of the University’s work to advance diversity and develop leaders who champion inclusion. The Texas Diversity Council awards this honor annually to institutions and individuals who demonstrate exceptional efforts and achievements in fostering diversity and inclusive environments.
The DiversityFIRST Leadership Award marks one step in Trinity’s pursuit of intentional inclusion. The important work continues. “We continue to place intentional inclusion and our inclusive engagement work at the core of who we are and as fundamental to our institution’s bottom-line and educational mission,” says Juan Sepúlveda, J.D., the president’s special advisor for inclusive excellence.
Trinity University students, faculty, and staff engage in ongoing discussions and trainings on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). The community approaches these challenges with respect and a willingness to learn from many different perspectives. The DiversityFIRST Leadership Award honored student-led initiatives in particular, as Trinity students continue to lead and advocate for DEIB efforts on campus. At Trinity, community members continually demonstrate a willingness to both listen and take action.
“As we seek to secure our position among the top national liberal arts universities, it is imperative that we build a culture that is welcoming and supportive of everyone on campus—students, staff, and faculty—and the San Antonio community,” Sepúlveda says. “We do all this together by studying, working, playing, living, connecting, and building relationships, especially with people who are different from us.”