A SUCCESS -
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
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."