Founding Director –  Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs (CDIMA)

Trinice McNally, M.S. - Director of CDIMA

Ms. Trinice McNally, M.S.
Founding Director:
The Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs

Trinice is a black queer feminist organizer, student affairs professional, and educator. She is a nationally recognized transformative leader who is committed to the liberation of all black people.  As a two-time alumnus from Bethune-Cookman University, she is most passionate about developing national strategies and best practices for HBCUs to foster welcoming and inclusive environments for marginalized populations through programmatic, advocacy and political education efforts.

McNally has committed her life to the advancement of LGBTQ people of color, and is dedicated to creating inclusion and fostering awareness at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). She initiated a two-year research study through the Master’s of Science Transformative Leadership program at B-CU in 2012, where she collected research on the study of best practices and resources needed to create inclusive learning environments for LGBTQ students at HBCUs. As a result of the study, McNally was afforded the first-ever position as the coordinator of diversity initiatives, specifically responsible for developing LGBTQ-inclusive programs that empower LGBTQ students at B-CU. McNally became the first openly queer woman employed at a Florida HBCU with the explicit mission of achieving LGBTQ equality through higher education.

In September of 2015, she assumed the role of coordinator of the LGBTA Resource Center at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Her vision was to make NCCU the number-one choice for LGBTQ students nationally. The university was the second of three HBCUs in the nation to have an LGBTA resource center, and the first in the state of North Carolina. In addition, NCCU was the first HBCU to host a Lavender Graduation, and it hosted a Queer Prom during its LGBTQ Pride Week under Trinice’s leadership. During her tenure at NCCU, she developed an LGBTA student leadership program (LGBTA Ambassadors), and created an effective LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum collaborating with Student Affairs, Student Health Services, and the School of Public Health (PrEP Ambassadors).

Trinice most recently served as the program manager of the HBCU LGBTQ-Equality Initiative of the National Black Justice Coalition, where she worked to lead the cultural shift that HBCUs require to create inclusion and foster awareness on their campuses in five states. During her tenure, McNally trained more than 600 students and 300 administrators.

McNally currently serves as the founding director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Affairs at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), which is dedicated to promoting social justice through the development of cocurricular programs and educational activities that enhance the personal development, success and collegiate experience for marginalized students. She considers this work at HBCUs a pivotal component of black liberation and believes that HBCUs—among the oldest standing institutions for black people in America—should be sanctuaries for marginalized people and have a responsibility to ensure quality, affordable and affirming college experiences. Her Sheroes are Nanny of the Maroons, Dr.Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Baker & her grandmother Valetta McNally. She hails from London, England–with her ancestral lineage traced to Jamaica, by way of Miami, Florida. Trinice is a member of the Black Youth Project 100, National Women’s Studies Association, UndocuBlack Network, LGBTQ Consortium of Higher Education,  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and the HRC HBCU National Advisory Board.