Capturing moments and sharing memories has usually been a source of joy. Photos are, after all, intended to capture history, lovely moments and times spent together. They are also intended to bring a bit of happiness to the viewer, correct?
Just as our previous melting-pot mixture allowed our nation to become great, the demographic shifts we are currently experiencing can work in our favor, as well. We need to foster cultures of inclusion, where the differences that make us unique are celebrated and harnessed for innovation.
I always longed to share and connect with my son in my religious observance. I dreamt that I could sit with Neal in prayer. However, like many things when you have a child with severe autism, this did not seem likely to happen. Twelve years later, my fantasy became real.
This positive feature of inclusiveness doesn't emerge automatically from the fact of diversity. Rather, it depends on deliberate positive efforts by students, faculty, and administrators to create the expectations and practices of inclusiveness.
This is not a solution for the dearth (or death) of self-contained specialized programs in which intensive specialized instruction can take place (clearly my preference), but perhaps a way to do some damage control.
We are not calling for a platform that solely embraces the pro-choice, however, the vast majority of Republicans can agree that a party should not endorse an extreme policy pushed by irreverent leaders who seek to limit the medical options for victims of rape.
My own fears were not about the people I loved rejecting me. They were all fears about those outside of my immediate circle of trust and love.... In naming and befriending my fears, their power to confine and define me was deflated.
Our culture and political process is adept at demonizing opposing points of view and candidates. What if, instead of accepting this as the norm, we embrace a proactive response that insists on a new discourse?
Diversity is inviting everyone to the party. Inclusion is getting everyone to dance. I heard this adage from a retail executive discussing the difference between thinking diversity is important and integrating diversity into the very fabric of a corporation.