Diversity. The word that keeps haunting us. And oh how we hate it.
In theory, we absolutely love the idea. Diversity is good for a college. It brings in new ideas. New perspectives. New approaches. We have scholarships, incentives. We show off the stats and numbers. We work hard to get more and more diversity here on campus.
Yet when it comes down to it, we as a student body run away from it. We do not understand how to relate to students who come from a different lifestyle than ourselves. We like to group ourselves and alienate the “other”. Most of it is subconscious.
So how to we fix a problem that we aren’t even aware of?
First, let’s recognize it.
We need to face facts. Transy has a diversity issue. We are mostly white middle class. Are there exceptions? Yes. Are we improving? Yes. Have we fully fixed the problem? No.
The solution? Dialogue.
Everyone is different. We must recognize this. There is no “other” when it comes to humanity. Each one of us is the so called “other”. We all come from different pasts, different histories, different triumphs, different struggles, different opinions, different lives. No one is the same. No one ever will be the same. And that’s a good thing. Maybe, for once, we need to stop focusing on the overwhelming amounts of differences between the global population and start to recognize that at the very core of it, we are all human. Simply human.
As a human being, we need to embrace the different lifestyles and backgrounds that we see here on Transy’s campus as well as strive to bring in even more people into this community. Our liberal arts education is something that doesn’t stop when we step out of the classroom. It continues throughout our entire day, in the caf, in the dorms, in the library, in back circle. Having a student body with different ideas, different opinions, different backgrounds, can only add to the education and expansion of our worldview.
And isn’t that what a liberal arts education is all about?
So Transy, students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni. Let’s start. Let’s start talking, engaging, listening, building, learning. Every person has the potential to make a difference.
Imagine what a whole campus can do.