Release of Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion – An Action Plan For Brown University

“There never were in the world two opinions alike, any more than two hairs or two grains; a universal quality is diversity.” Michel De Montaigne

Nature itself is a diverse phenomenon.  There is diversity in everything; even the water that flows into the same river can be of two types. Human beings are no exception to this phenomenon. They may have same physical structure, and all but their features vary to a great extent. These differences define nations. Diversity doesn’t end at the physical qualities of the person; it’s a great concept. Diversity has further classifications i.e. racial diversity, religious diversity, cultural diversity, geographical diversity, linguistic diversity and the list goes on. The classifications have further sub-classifications.

For centuries, racism has affected the lives of nations; the powerful nations destroyed the less powerful nations. I’m neither saying that the blacks have been oppressed all the time nor am I saying that the whites haven’t ever been oppressed at all. Over time, our world has turned into a competition for survival where everyone is fighting to survive.

We know that America is the most diverse nation in the world; there are people from almost every religious, ethnic, cultural and racial background. Take a ten-minute walk to the nearest park or grocery store and you’ll meet at least one person from another background.

Just as there are good things about diversity, so are there bad things one of which is racism. America suffers from this issue in almost every field of life, whether it is the education sector or the employment sector. The need of the hour is to understand, that every human being, no matter what their race, religion, language or culture, is a part of this world. They’re humans, each blessed by nature one way or the other.

The need of the hour is to find ways for the inclusion of all people irrespective of their religious, social or cultural backgrounds.

Miller and Katz have defined  inclusion in the following words:

 “Inclusion is a sense of belonging: feeling respected, valued for who you are; feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so that you can do your best work.”

Release of the Inclusion Action Plan

In the words of Maya Angelou,

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

 

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