Respect. Engagement. Equity. Inclusion. Understanding. At Trinity University we use these five words not only to define diversity, but also community. We believe that community cannot exist without diversity and that diversity cannot be fruitful without a vibrant community.
The City of San Antonio MLK Jr. March is the second-largest March in the nation, with the city anticipating 300,000 people in attendance this year. Nearly 300 faculty, staff, and students participate in this annual tradition each year.
Since 1997, the Commemorative Lecture has featured several prominent civil rights leaders and historians and serves as a way in which we remember and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Trinity's celebration allows the University to celebrate the legacy of MLK not just within the Trinity community, but with the San Antonio community as well. The lecture is a collaboration between the City of San Antonio and Trinity University.
March is Women's History Month. The University's celebration includes the pairing of a luncheon with the Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Lecture. 2009 was the inaugural year for the program, bringing together members of the San Antonio and University communities to discuss important concerns facing women.
Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers was a generous supporter of innumerable causes both locally and internationally on behalf of a broad array of women and gender issues, and in support of medical research, education, and reproductive rights. A longtime benefactor of Trinity, she had contributed funds, served as a Trustee, and encouraged University programs. Several buildings on campus are named in honor of her parents, including the University's Marrs McLean Hall and the Verna McLean Residence Hall.
The alternative spring break program allows students to travel to a domestic or international location during spring break and explore different cultures, conduct service, and examine social justice issues. On domestic or international trips, students learn about cultural heritage, history, demographics, and current events, both in sessions before the break and during the immersion. After the trip, students gather together for a reception to reflect on the experience. Students may participate in these programs and receive academic credit, if they desire.