Message to Trinity College Students
October 26, 2018
I hope that the term is going well for all of you. I am writing to you today with an invitation to participate in some conversations about how we can work together to enhance the Trinity Community.
We have had a period of transition at the College. Last year an external expert who reported confidentially to the Board of Trustees recommended a number of changes to bring Trinity into step with best practices on fundamental matters including student safety, alcohol use, and handling of student fees. With the support of the Board and in consultation with the incoming student leaders, the implementation of those recommendations began over the summer. During the course of this academic year, the College will also be working with students including to develop more robust policies and procedures in a number of areas. Additional background can be found here.
The larger aim of the work done last year was to ensure that Trinity is a welcoming community where all students could thrive. Beyond responding to the areas of risk identified in the expert's report, we also wanted to get a more detailed picture of student views and to identify ways to improve the College community. This was done through a student survey that was completed by 450 students and by follow-up focus groups. This work highlighted areas where the College community was strong, as well as some areas where many students felt that there was more to be done.
In order to follow up on this, I would like to convene some conversations with students so that we can think together about how we can improve social inclusion and community life at Trinity.
As lively smart Trinity students, I am sure that you will be full of great ideas. So, to start this process, we have set up an online form where you can share your thoughts either about specific projects or areas we should focus on, or about how to structure helpful conversations on this topic. After hearing from you, I will convene a series of discussions aimed at enhancing our community here at Trinity.
I encourage you to share your thoughts and views and look forward working with you in the months ahead.
All the best,
Provost and Vice-Chancellor