Diversity means many different things to different people. Some individuals believe being diverse means being unique and going against the flow of society. For others, it means being accepted and respected for who you are without being judged. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of diversity is, “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: variety; especially: the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization…” Diversity can come in many different forms, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, age, religion, political beliefs, and any other number of factors that set individuals apart. Being a college student, I see the diverse individuals that make up my college, and I’m grateful for getting to be a part of such an accepting community. As someone who intends to be a future educator, I understand the importance of acceptance and inclusion. Teachers are constantly reminded that the class of today will not look the same as a class twenty years from now. The population of the United States is constantly changing and becoming more diverse with every generation. Educators must be able to adapt, so they can guarantee they are reaching and connecting with all students. Diversity is the social vehicle for a more tolerant and accepting society. Even when it hits a roadblock, it finds a way to plow through. Slowly over time, the majority of our society has evolved into one that’s more tolerant and accepting. My generation has had the privilege to witness some immense change from the first African-American president to marriage equality and even the first female presidential nominee. So much has been achieved over the span of ten years, and with a population that’s constantly becoming more diverse; I can’t help but think a brighter more accepting future is ahead.
“Diversity.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2017.