Differences make us better


Callie Burgan, Opinion Editor

We think that although Pitt-Johnstown is a predominately white school, more could be done to counteract our lack of diversity.

An inclusive school is a place that embraces all and find ways to celebrate others regardless of the differences we all share, whether it be race, ethnicity, gender or religion.

It is typical that people would want to bond with people from similar backgrounds, which can make it difficult for minority students and faculty.

As a community, we can improve our efforts to reach out to those who are different from each of us.

We can always be kinder and more welcoming, and, that in turn could benefit each of us as it broadens our perspectives.

It would certainly make the whole community better as it considers, and includes, additional perspectives.

It’s important to get out of our comfort zones and seek out encounters and interactions that, too often, only a university setting offers.

By extending an invitation to grab a bite to eat with someone from a different background, you could help alleviate loneliness and make a new friend.

Attending events like the international festival can be a helpful way to expose yourself to diversity and experience how other cultures live.

On the other hand, if you feel out of place on campus, don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, too, and reach out to those who outnumber you.

In the end, you will be more open-minded and might feel less like the spotlight is on you.

A strong campus community is a diverse campus community. We must take advantage of what diversity we have, even if we judge it to be too little diversity. It means that understanding that each individual is unique and developing an appreciation for our differences.

Inclusion is the acknowledgment of these identities and voices that cultivate an enriching experience and an exploration of these differences in a safe environment.

As a campus, we need to move beyond tolerance to embracing the rich  diversity contained in the community.