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Meet Minerva San Juan

Minerva San Juan

If the door to the refrigerator is closed…do it’s contents still exist?  This is a question ten year old Minerva San Juan asked, sitting on a stool in front of her refrigerator…thus, beginning her life of philosophical and existential questions in search of the “truth.”

Minerva was born in New York while her father was stationed at Governor’s Island with the Army. Her parents were born in Puerto Rico where she grew up until her High School years.  Minerva’s grandparents were from Spain, and it was her grandfather who introduced Minerva to the idea of rhetoric and dialogue.  As a young child, Minerva was intrigued by the philosophical stories and dialogues that her grandfather would read to her from Plato.  Minerva credits her grandfather for her early love of Philosophy, for passing on this knowledge, and for sparking the interest and passion in her lifelong profession as a Philosophy Professor.  Minerva’s favorite quote as a child was, “The sun is like the truth as it shines on our beliefs.”

Minerva attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, and Columbia University. When her oldest child was twelve, Minerva earned her Ph.D. from Georgetown University and “loved every second!”  Minerva is married with three sons and a stepdaughter.  Her children are grown and live in Raleigh, North Carolina; Blacksburg, Virginia; Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Washington, D.C. She is the proud grandmother of three grandchildren. Minerva takes great delight in seeing her youngest grandchild, Chloe learn to walk…even though she looks a bit tipsy!


Minerva has been at Trinity as a Philosophy Professor for sixteen years and as an Academic Advisor for fourteen years.  Minerva also assists the CAS Dean, Elizabeth Child, as Coordinator of Adjunct Faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences.  Minerva considers it a privilege to be teaching at Trinity and is constantly renewed by the teaching and conversation in her classroom.

Minerva walks her beloved fourteen year old Standard Poodle, Pookey, each evening as she reflects upon her day. Rumor has it that Pookey has been known to visit President McGuire on occasion. When asked what the meaning of life is…Minerva San Juan will tell you…“That all things grow with love.”

Special thanks to Minerva for nurturing, cultivating and helping us all grow at Trinity!

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