“Embracing Diversity” is the second of Trinity’s three pillars: “Creating Scholars, Embracing Diversity, and Nurturing Spirituality.” Embracing diversity describes a way of living that welcomes the differences within people. Our differences help us discover both the grandness of our Creator God and the enjoyment of the uniqueness of our various cultures, backgrounds, and outlooks.
We encourage our students to approach the matter of diversity through the following three questions:
Who am I? (Identity)
Who are you? (Diversity)
Who are we together? (Belonging)
The first question urges students to value themselves as made in the image of God and as unique parts of God’s creation in the world. When there are voices in our society that would demean our young people by judging the exterior, we at Trinity counteract those voices with our positive message which is then reinforced through all that we teach, how we play, and what we discover together. This is the central emphasis of our chapel services and faith studies classes on all grade levels -- that we are each made in the image of God and are called to a higher purpose.
The second explores the biblical concept of love our neighbors as ourselves. This means recognizing the dignity and worth of all those around us, looking beyond ourselves to enjoy those around us. In both structured ways (like our Middle School Affinity Groups, Mosaic Groups, and Diversity & Belonging Group) and unstructured ones (like recess time, lunch time conversations, etc.), we emphasize the vital message to respect another person as we do for ourselves.
The third question uncovers what we together can be -- at Trinity, in Charlotte, and beyond. If we value ourselves and give worth to each other, then we together can make a positive impact on our world. Our Service Learning partnerships matches each grade level to a service partner in uptown Charlotte and beyond, so that our students learn the value of giving back to those in need around us, as well as learning from those beyond our school for our own students’ formation into caring and giving adults.