The idea of diversity encompasses recognizing, understanding, accepting, and respecting that each individual is unique. These can be in relation to age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, political beliefs, and/or other ideologies.
Diversity refers to the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
Diversity and Education
You walk into a typical classroom and numerous pairs of eyes 👀follow your every movement. Why not? You’re a stranger trespassing into their territory. Most of the faces behind these eyes are similar in many ways (sometimes having childlike or teenage features).
So much so that it’s hard to notice that within that crowd sits a successful lawyer, a humorous pilot, a pious judge, an adventurous chef or even a zoologist (if that even exists… wait… yeah it does😂😂). Each and every one of them having diverse skills and talents that make them effective in attaining their dreams.
I’ve noticed that many people, especially some African parents, are obsessed with the final grades their child produce. Some stress on it so much that some college students would rather commit suicide over a bad grade than face their parents’ wrath.
But that should not be so. What should matter is the effort and not the grade! Because, as shown above, in a class, there’s:
- an artist who has no interest in mathematics
- a song artist who is not interested in physics
- a soccer player not interested in history
- by now you get my drift, right?
Yet despite all this, they still make the “effort” to make good grades. I believe that should be appreciated. They’re different. Accept it and support them in building their talents.
No. This section is not what you may think it is. 😆 I’m not about to talk about how my culture is. Because that’s too “diverse” to be squashed into a post section. I’ll rather dedicate an entire post to it.
So instead of what was expected, I’m talking briefly about the cultural differences worldwide. 👏👏 Let’s consider a universal celebration (one that happens in every country) – weddings. Like the beautiful Nicolle shared in her post, every culture has a unique approach towards the idea of marriage.
The same goes for a lot of other things including fashion, music and even language. We all want a united world. I can boldly say that a sure way to rapidly achieving that is:
You want world peace? Accept that every culture is different and see how you can work with them hand-in-hand without demeaning them. That’s how you go about world peace.
Vanessa Titiati, a.k.a Nessa, my wise bestie 😍🤓😍
Some Other Aspects of Diversity (briefly touched)
Nessa and I, to me, are the weirdest combination of friends. Initially, we had our clashes over the type of music we enjoy and the sort of hobbies we have. But over time, we’ve learned how our interest can merge and work together to create a positive effect in our lives. However, on the musical interest battle, I managed to convince her by demonstration that my choices were awesome! So hurray!!
For a relationship to work out, both parties must learn how safely merge their characters. Because each person has something unique to add and room must be made for it.
What we must understand is that everyone is unique in their own special way. No two people are the same… not even identical twins! They look alike but they are very much different in relation to their interests, aspiration and perhaps fears. Because once we are able to come to terms with this fact, we will find it easier to appreciate everyone’s uniqueness.
Shout out to my fellow collaborators:
- Introduction (none this time around)
- Barb Caffrey: Diversity: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore…(A Collaboration with a Purpose Post)
- Ipuna Black: Diversity: Kindness, Love, and Respect
- Nicolle K.: Collaboration with a Purpose: Diversity – A Chinese Wedding in Southeast Asia #1
- Nicolle K. (part 2): Collaboration with a Purpose: Diversity – A Chinese Wedding in Southeast Asia #2
- Jothish Joseph: How diverse is diversity?
- Sonyo Estavillo: Why Writers & Readers Should Diversify Their Reading List
- Mylene Orillo: How I Found Diversity In Writing
- Divyang Shah: Diversity – Collaboration
NB: I’ll add to the list as they come.