Abbey O’Leary ’24
Trinity College prides itself in being a school that welcomes diversity and celebrates the wide range of places, backgrounds, and experiences its students come from. With a newly admitted study body representing eighty countries, roughly thirteen percent of Trinity’s student body is international. Trinity’s annual International Week celebrates these students in particular.
A core part of International Week is the International Show, celebrating its tenth anniversary on campus this year. Hosted by the International House and the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and cosponsored by International Studies, Language and Cultural Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Center for Caribbean Studies, Center for Urban Global Studies, Raether Library Information and Technology Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Admissions, Center for Career and Life Design, Political Science, and Multicultural Affairs, the show exhibits the various cultures and backgrounds that share a home here at Trinity.
This year, The Trinity Pipes, the oldest co-ed group at Trinity gave an acapella performance. B D S Aritra ‘25 performed a Bollywood Mashup, a compilation of selected Bollywood songs or Hindi songs created for Bollywood films, on the guitar, and Aadiv Sheth ‘22, Tara Iyer ‘24, and Vidhi Vasa ‘22 did a Bollywood dance. Sydney Yu ‘25 and Alexander Cacciato ‘25 also performed Peter, Paul, and Mary’s version of the song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” made famous by Pete Seeger who borrowed melodies from traditional folk songs to publish his edition in 1955, fighting for peace and the end of war. A Traditional Set dance, “The Vanishing Lake,” performed by Gabrielle Desrochers ‘24, represented the long cultural history of Irish dancing, which has evolved and adapted over centuries in modern cultures to take on different forms while still displaying the value of tradition in Irish history. Ramon Rodriguez ‘25 played the piano and sang John Mayer’s “Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” the first song he sang live as a young performer, followed by Sem-G Dile ‘24, who gave an upbeat performance highlighting his African style and creativity. Nicole Sophia also sang her original song “Samantha,” one of the many songs she has composed since childhood and featured on her upcoming EP. Ismael Irizarry ‘25 gave a spoken word rendition of a love letter honoring Puerto Rico. Finally, a Flamenco was performed by Teodora Brnovic ‘24, Eugenia Montero Chavez ‘25, Anahit Avagyan ‘24, Zosia Korzonkiewicz ‘25, and Lilly Pubillones ‘25.
This program highlights, celebrates, and showcases the beautifully vibrant, diverse, and rich cultures of nations around the world that share a place in Trinity College’s community. It is a celebration of everyone’s personal and shared histories, experiences, and roots that allows students to engage and connect with the community here in Hartford as well as communities abroad.
As a leading urban liberal arts college, surrounded by a diverse and multicultural city, it is fitting that Trinity values and celebrates the many facets that contribute to its ever-growing family. This event along with many others throughout the week celebrates this family and every unique aspect that makes it a rich and vibrant home.