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PUC students already practice acceptance of others

News Editor

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 18:03

Di-ver-si-ty 1. The state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness.

While the parts that make up the student body at PUC may be different, the acceptance of that difference is already present.

Recently, it was revealed through an NWI Times article that PUC has developed a diversity committee. One of the committee members, Michael Steinberg, stated in a Times article that “all students should take a mandatory class on the diverseness of the campus,” to “help sensitize and educate people about student diversity.”

I find those statements and this committee to be a slap in the face to the students who, everyday, continue to be accepting of the beliefs and cultures that are different from their own. This campus, and many others like it, do not need a diversity committee or a “mandatory class.” This school already has students and faculty members of all ethnicities and cultures who come together on a regular basis to learn, educate and grow as human beings.

Take a walk through any building on campus and see just how accepting of diversity the student body is. No matter what color, background or religious belief, people can get along, make friends and associate with one another.

For example, over spring break I went on the History of Indiana Tour, with the Department of History and Political Science. There were 30 students, each one of us different in some way, many of whom had never met before. By the first evening, almost everyone became acquainted, and by Wednesday we were all laughing and having a great time. We got along by simply getting to know one another. This is not limited to a school trip; it goes for any class, social event or meeting place on campus. Just look at the more than 60 student clubs and organizations it has to offer which, no matter what background, accept all students.

While I know what it means, I dislike the word “diversity” because it reminds me of the word “divide.” We as people and as college students should not be “divided.” I recommend students look into the diversity committee, see for themselves just who belongs to it, who they work for and why they believe PUC needs such classes and or training.

It seems that the certain individuals who are calling for diversity awareness need to learn to be more accepting of diversity themselves. This is not grade school, this is college. By now, we should all know how to treat other people, no matter where they come from or what they believe in.

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