On Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 the TCNJ community gathered at the steps of Trenton Hall to celebrate the unveiling of the “Our Trenton Roots” exhibit. The creation of this permanent exhibit marks the fulfillment of one of the key recommendations emerging from the Advisory Commission on Social Justice report issued in June 2017. That recommendation called for increasing the awareness of, and engagement with, the cities of Trenton and Ewing among TCNJ undergraduates for a deeper sense of community, history, and institutional identity.
“Our Trenton Roots” would not have been possible without the tireless work of faculty and students. Under the leadership of Professor Rob McGreevey and incredible research conducted by students including Dan Spinelli (’18), important moments in the history of the college were revealed and those stories told. Professor John Kuiphoff brought the stories to life through the static wall displays and the interactive video experience he created.
This exhibit is a testament to the college’s commitment to self-examination, collaboration and transparency. Many individuals deserve to be recognized for helping us get to this moment. The students who formed the Committee on Unity, the members of the Advisory Commission on Social Justice and the Task Force, and the students, faculty, staff and members of the Trenton and Ewing communities all can take great pride in the work that has been done. But there is more to be done. Let’s continue to do it together.
John P. Donohue
Vice President for College Advancement