Unity in Diversity?

Why is “Unity in Diversity” all over this blog?  Simply put, it’s my mantra. I was placed into a language immersion school when I was five years old, so I can speak, read, write, and understand Spanish fluently.  Being in a heavily diverse environment started developing my fascination with other cultures.  For example, I began to learn Arabic a year and a half ago and now  I dedicate a lot of my time to mastering both Arabic and Italian because language serves as a way to bridge gaps. That being said, diversity is important to me because engaging in conversations with people from different backgrounds than myself helps to keep me grounded.  Approaching our global society with multiple perspectives is important because we can learn to be more compassionate and empathetic through education.  I was fortunate to have been exposed to people from all walks of life at a young age, so I learned to embrace it; however, the education system in the United States prevents a lot of children from being exposed to an assorted range of viewpoints.  Implicit bias and institutionalized racism work together to obscure the minority perspective, especially in our education system.

Americans are seen in many countries as obnoxiously ignorant.  Although this perturbs me greatly, I acknowledge that their opinions stem from truth.  I aspire to become a diplomat for the United Nations so that I may help to bridge that gap. A key part of being involved in a network for international relations is understanding the dynamics of  specific relationships.  My goals for my career are to urge international governments to invest in self-sustainable education systems and reconstruct the domestic education system.  Mahatma Gandhi once voiced, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Devoted to the notion of a better America, I strive to break the United States’ shackles of oblivion and incapacity to spawn a new era for the world’s rehabilitated superpower.  Although for the past three years I have avoided reading and writing due to insecurities, I have had an epiphany that made me realize how important those two skills are.  In my writing, the flow of words makes sense to me, but most people think it is incoherent.  I have faith that this Writing for Social Change class will help me improve my rhetoric so that one day I can move mountains with the

As of right now, I have a few creative initiatives that I am working on to present around the DMV area to advocate for social justice. Furthermore, I am a member of the NAACP, and I work at the Multicultural Student Services Center.  Through those two organizations, I have been able to participate in multiple projects spreading advocating for social justice.  Although for the past three years I have avoided reading and writing due to insecurities, I have had an epiphany that made me realize how important those two skills are.  In my writing, the flow of words makes sense to me, but most people think it is incoherent.  I have faith that this Writing for Social Change class will help me improve my rhetoric so that one day I can use my words to instill the values of diversity, equity, and community engagement into the youth of the United States.

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2 thoughts on “Unity in Diversity?

  1. I’m impressed by your many languages. My mother was that way: have grown up speaking both Spanish and English, she picked up other languages quickly. When the phone rang, I couldn’t be sure which language she would answer in. But my dad never got it — he seemed to always be going to classes to try to learn, but it wouldn’t stick.
    I look forward to reading your work as you spread the word about these important beliefs.

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  2. Erin,
    Your knowledge of different languages is amazing and I agree that it is extremely important in our society and helps diversity flow even more. I enjoyed the fact that you mention that the education system does not allow many students the opportunity to learn about different language which leaves them at a disadvantage. I believe that you will create change in this world and I am excited to read your perspective on the many issues involving our society.

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