Trinice J. McNally
Program Manager, HBCU Initiative
As a Black queer woman who immigrated to the U.S as a child, Trinice McNally is a prime example of triumphing over adversity. Born in London, England to Jamaican parents who suffered from mental illness and drug abuse, she was later brought to Miami, Florida and raised by her grandparents where she began her education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Trinice knew at an early age that she was not like her other peers in terms of her sexuality, but felt obligated to conform to heterosexual ideals and practice because of her Jamaican culture. She later decided to come out during college at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) and promised herself that “she would never live in hiding” again. Upon this new journey, she created the first Gay-Straight Alliance at B-CU and started her work in activism and student organizing.
Trinice 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 2-year research study through the Masters 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 HBCU’s. As a result of the study, Trinice 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. This new position made Trince 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 where her vision was to make NCCU, a number one choice for LGBTQ students nationally. North Carolina Central University is the second out of three HBCU’s in the nation to have an LGBTA resource center and the first in the state of North Carolina. In addition, NCCU is first HBCU to host a Lavender Graduation and most recently to host Queer Prom during their LGBTQ Pride Week under Trinice’s leadership. During her tenure at NCCU, Trinice developed an LGBTA Student leadership program (LGBTA Ambassadors) and created an effective LGBTQ inclusive curriculum collaborating with both Student Affairs, Student Health Services, School of Public Health (PrEP Ambassadors).
Trinice accepted the position of NBJC Program Manager of HBCU Initiatives in June of 2016 where her personal goals are to be part of the cultural shift that HBCU’s require to create inclusion and foster awareness on their campuses. Trinice believes every HBCU should have an LGBTQ Resource Center, an inclusive policy that protects students and a campus climate that provides community and leadership development opportunities for all students. She is a member of NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, LGBTQ Consortium of Higher Education, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.