4E: Sustain opportunities for students to explore their spiritual beliefs and practices

In its commitment to excellence, Trinity University is not only concerned with intellectual development, but also with moral and spiritual growth. The integration of body, mind, and spirit to achieve a wholeness in human life is fundamental to the well-being of the individual and to the very nature of the University itself. Recognizing these truths, the University strives to create an atmosphere in which basic civility and decency are expected, mutual respect and open communication are fostered, and spiritual growth is encouraged.

An Exploration of Faith

Chaplain dedicated to creating a space of belonging and welcome for all

Trinity alumnus Alexander Serna-Wallender ’08, ’09 has returned to campus as the University’s new chaplain. “Trinity plays a special part in my sacred geography and was a place of deep transformation for me and my faith,” Serna-Wallender says. “Having the opportunity to do the work I love, at a place I love, in a community I love, is a gift beyond measure.”

Serna-Wallender will serve Trinity University students by exploring the intersectional ways spiritual life can be integrated into programs, the classroom, and personal practice. As University chaplain, his work will be focused on providing a welcoming spiritual environment for students of every religion and denomination. “One of the powerful things about a liberal arts education is that it equips you to be a lifelong learner, and it lays the foundation for the unexpected turns in one’s life plan,” Serna-Wallender says.

Serna-Wallender received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity in urban studies with a minor in economics in 2008, as well as a master’s degree in teaching in 2009. He also holds a master’s degree of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and holds a spiritual direction certification.