Rajsi Rana ’26
Trinity, like so many other schools, likes to display the “high value” it places on diversity. The website proudly states,“Trinity students are more than bold thinkers. They’re diverse doers,” yet Trinity’s campus is 60% white.
As someone who grew up in California, the most diverse state in the US, Trinity’s environment has been a big change. I value diversity in all forms, including gender identity, racial identity, and socioeconomic identity. I view being surrounded by a diverse group of people as something that teaches me about different ways of living. Though Trinity has a sizable population of international and out-of-state students, making up 85% of our student body, many of these students are from New England with very similar upbringings. Many grew up in an area of low diversity, with friends with backgrounds and experiences like theirs, meaning that they likely were not forced out of their comfort zone in terms of ways of thinking.
Trinity has a big lack of diversity in terms of socioeconomic status. Trinity has more students from the top 1%, with an income at or higher than $630,000, than the bottom 60%, with an income at or lower than $65,000. To be precise, Trinity has 26.2% students coming from the top 1%, while only 14.3% from the bottom 60%. All Trinity students are surrounded by wealth, which can manifest into several entitled students, leading to negative consequences on our entire student body in how we all interact with and perceive one another.
Trinity, as a private institution in New England, as a liberal arts school, and as part of the NESCAC group of colleges, does tend to attract a certain category of person. This lack of diversity is not only an issue at Trinity. The average liberal arts college has a 60% white student body. This is an issue colleges like Trinity should be seeking to fix. Along with providing their students with a better, well-rounded education, they will be supporting underrepresented students’ equal access to higher education. Trinity’s lack of diversity is having negative effects on many students on campus. With so many people from similar backgrounds, there are less people to stand up against discrimination in any form. Limited perspectives as a college leads to a less broadened mind upon graduation from Trinity, eventually hurting how alumni function and adapt to a more diverse world and workplace.
A big problem that stems from Trinity’s lack of diversity is the often tone-deaf words from peers. In participation-heavy courses, many discussions are often a disappointment with seemingly disengaged peers and limited viewpoints on a variety of relevant topics. This is not necessarily the fault of students, who are only a product of their environment. Trinity, however, has control over the environment they are placing their students in, and should be actively working to increase diversity on our campus. A diverse environment is a very shaping thing. In a more heterogeneous campus climate, there are different thoughts and opinions provided to the classroom, forcing people out of their comfort zone and into the more empathetic, understanding, and confident environment Trinity seeks to promote.