Sophomore Jacqueline Pena Gomez has started a new affinity group at Trinity Hall called Talk in Unity. After seeing how the Latina community has grown in number at Trinity Hall, Jacqueline saw a need for a support group for Latina students. At the group’s first meeting, each member had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their culture. Jacqueline explained, “I don’t want to infiltrate it with just my culture… I want to ask where everyone’s origins are from, where their families are from, any ideas, culture, and traditions they have, and get their perspectives.”
Jacqueline has many goals for the group to share the cultures of the Latina students with the Trinity Hall community. Talk in Unity is currently planning a service and celebration for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. This Feast Day is an important holiday for many, especially in the Mexican community. The group plans to be inclusive of each member’s culture and integrate different traditions into our celebrations at Trinity Hall.
Anyone in the Trinity Hall community is welcome to join Talk in Unity. “I know we say Latin community, but I think it is important for everyone in the community to be able to understand other cultures, other races, as well,” stated Jacqueline.
Jacqueline wants those thinking about joining the group that, “the group is a safe space that is not just for one specific type of person. It is a group that anyone is able to join, where everyone’s opinions are respected. It is important for our voices to be heard… If we are able to impact the community, it will be a positive impact. We will be helping people understand the different cultures that make up the student body.”
The group will meet during the meeting period and the lunch period. To join Talk in Unity, please fill out the Google Form here