By Rebecca Waddle and Siera Millard
Currently, in today’s modern world, there are about 7.4 billion people. Though there are commonalities that unite people together, not a single one of those 7.4 billion people is the same. We are part of a world divided by religion, politics, and so many other conflict-causing issues. To some, these matters can be seen as separating factors that turn people against each other. However, instead of disparaging these differences, we should learn to embrace them. In 2004, America established April as Diversity Month, a time to advocate awareness about the importance of celebrating illnesses, races, or ethnicities - anything that makes us different. A great way to celebrate this is to support all the differences and similarities that surround us in the world.
One effective way to appreciate the cultures that make up this world is to research about them. Talking with, and learning from, people of other backgrounds can increase awareness and bring others closer together. In the United States, this is especially applicable because there are so many unique cultures that make up the “mixing pot”. Taking a special interest in what makes individuals one of a kind can not only strengthen your own knowledge and understanding of how culture differs from person to person, but is can also make others feel welcome and more appreciative of their own heritage. It is important to show everyone that their personal culture makes everyone noteworthy, not isolated.
Another way to celebrate this month of differences is to have a multicultural day at your school. This can be observed through a school-wide assembly, or through a cultural celebration in each individual class. Sharing food, music, traditions, or other practices can highlight the important similarities and differences between all 7.4 billion people in this world.