Diversity Week promotes acceptance

 

By: Sara Tran

Diversity week is an important, week-long event that celebrates the diverse student body at the school. It lasted from April 22 to April 26, of 2019. The event allows students to recognize the cultural diversities in the school and pay respect to others who seem like they are not like the others. People have the choice of learning to appreciate one another and treating everyone with equal amounts of respect.

The meaning of diversity is not just about gender or race. It can be interpreted in various ways, such as being able to stand in another person’s shoes and learning from their perspective, mindset, and background. Freshman Lyly Nguyen said, “my definition of diversity is a community of different groups such as religion, race, gender, and many more, being able to express themselves in society.”

The week-long event raised awareness towards those who feel as if they do not belong and helped those reach their full potential at self-actualization. Freshman Kaithlyn Khuc shared, “People can gain confidence from others, allowing them to come out or accept themselves after seeing how many others around them are supporting them.”

Whether or not diversity is necessary for today’s society has become a controversial topic for both minorities and majorities. “I think what makes diversity week controversial is the fact that a lot of people have their own judgments and views of certain differences- that makes them feel like other people’s opinions are irrelevant and should not exist, in which emerges conflict,” says Ayaad.

A member of Project Harmony, Sophomore Steven File shared, “The fact is diversity is important, because, if it is not brought to light, minorities will continue to be shunned, as they have been for centuries. Our nation is made of hundreds of ethnicities, as well as a number of genders, sexualities, and classes. People need to be aware of the access being part of a majority gives them. Without this knowledge, people become ignorant and unknowledgeable about the true origins of our nation.”

Project Harmony sold t-shirts prior to and throughout diversity week to raise recognition for those in the student body who felt they have lost their voice as a person. Khuc shared, “I bought a t-shirt because they were very minimalistic, but held a greater message. Even though it is a simple two words of “be kind” many forget it and it reminds people to do something because it truly is that simple.”

“I feel as though, while diversity week faced backlash from some of the students, it was ultimately successful. Not only did it spark discussion on mainstream issues, particularly privilege and gender, but it also helped support inclusivity throughout the school district. The week promoted sentiments of acceptance and inclusivity throughout our school,” said File.