Diversity & Inclusion
Honoring Our Similarities and Differences
Diversity and inclusivity are essential to a well-rounded education that promotes intellectual curiosity, academic excellence, and moral growth. Trinity is a place where people of all faiths, traditions, and backgrounds are warmly welcomed, and where the dignity of every person is respected. At Trinity, we believe diversity embraces both the visible and invisible differences among individuals including, but not limited to, race, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, perspectives, physical ability, education, family composition, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Guest speaker Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Director of Initiatives for Diversity and Inclusion Viji Panda, and Father Ken Malcolm
We offer our students an opportunity to know a better world—one where love and understanding set the tone; where they can create personal connections that go beyond stereotypes; and where they can explore, listen to, and learn from others in a safe and nurturing environment. This task is never-ending in an ever-changing world. But by challenging our students, they can grow into leaders who think critically, collaborate effectively, and value others in the world beyond Trinity.
Father Ken Malcolm with Hindu monk and guest speaker Swami Shivatmananda
Programs & Initiatives
Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion
Trinity is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and sees this commitment as central to our Episcopal Identity. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan intentionally guides the decisions we make toward achieving this goal.
National SEED Project
Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) is a national program that encourages community-wide ownership of diversity challenges and solutions. SEED provides a safe environment for the discussion of difficult topics and addresses equity issues in education and society. Trinity is the only school in Austin that partners with the National SEED Project.
Each January, Trinity celebrates the South African philosophy of Ubuntu, "I am because we are." It is a month-long, multi-disciplinary celebration focusing on peace, love, diversity, justice, equity, kindness, community, and service. The South African Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, "A person with Ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm and generous, willing to share. Such people are open and available to others, willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, do not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole."
Religious Leaders Panel
This annual event is an open discussion where we talk about different faith practices and how they can work together for the greater good. All are welcome to attend and participate. Past panels have featured community leaders of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism. We want our students to hear and learn from different voices so they can become thoughtful community leaders who successfully navigate the world beyond Trinity.
Throughout the year, Trinity hosts special celebrations for different cultures. These events can range from guest speakers in Chapel to community-wide events for students, faculty, and families. No matter the scope, our cultural celebrations are designed to educate, inspire, and unite.