The U.S. is considered to be a huge melting pot by many. If you want to strengthen awareness, then participate in October’s Global Diversity Awareness. The entire month is dedicated to the topic and a perfect time to foster an inclusive environment for all ethnicities and cultures.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2017, Asian and mixed-race people were the two fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population. These statistics demonstrate the continuous growth of ethnically diverse people in the U.S. Paying tribute to the diverse minds, beliefs and cultures not only enhances our appreciation of the world but provides fresh perspectives on ideas and differences.
Made official in 2004, the theme has been present in society for generations. In 1963, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his ‘I have a dream’ speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. And in 1886, the Statue of Liberty opened her arms to all cultures and all peoples.
If you don’t know how to participate or what to do differently, try some of the ideas below:
Try dancing—Cuban Salsa, Argentinean Tango, Russian Ballet, etc
Visit a cultural museum to enjoy the achievements from around the globe
Hold a potluck at work or home where guests bring a dish from a different country and culture
Be aware to show respect and avoid making assumptions about an individual
Communicate effectively to mitigate the differences between two or more cultures
Be open-minded and flexible to other ideas and options
Be observant, kind and understanding
Diversity is only part of the greater sum of this ever-evolving world. In order to grow culturally and intellectually as a person and a globe, we have to embrace what is different from our own. Though languages may differ and politics, religion and philosophies can be difficult to navigate, appreciating each other can only lead to a better world.
Think of the new relations and collaborations that will enhance your existence. Celebrate those differences and become a true citizen of the world. In the end, we are all part of this same human race.