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A celebration of diversity resounded throughout the Grand Lobby Thursday, September 29 at Trinity's annual Multicultural Celebration.

Rev. Anthony J. Carter, author of On Being Black and Reformed, welcomed a throng of nearly 200 people in the Ozinga Chapel for the event, sponsored by the College's office of ethnic diversity. He lauded the gathering and praised God and Trinity for its efforts to reach out to people of all cultures. "We are all God's people under the cross," he said.

"The intent of the gathering was to celebrate ethnic identity, cultural spirit, and give students a sense of belonging," said Tippi Price, a staff member and facilitator for the event. "Multicultural education means learning to be inclusive in chapel, the classroom, community service, and in social activities." 

The event featured introductions to two campus organizations dedicated to promoting ethnic diversity on Trinity's campus: the Organization of African American Unity and the Multicultural Club. The evening also featured a trivia game and prizes, and a chance to taste a variety of ethnic foods.

Ophelia Daniels '07, president of the Organization of African American Unity, said the club is devoted to building Christian leaders and catering to the needs of ethnic minority students on campus. "Our focus is about having more unity between students on campus."

The club will host its first ever musical multicultural exchange concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 23 in the Ozinga Chapel.  

Martha Morales '07, president of the Multicultural Club, invited students from all backgrounds to join the newly formed group. "We are here for all Trinity students," she said.

"The evening was clearly a success and a step forward for Trinity in the diversity arena," Price said. "Attendance nearly doubled from last year; we saw a lot of happy people. As a facilitator, it made me proud of the strides we have made as a community and the growth of our students as a whole."

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