I can’t believe how my Cultural Diversity class has enlightened me. I now have a more detailed explanation of how immigrants arrived, where they arrived and why. I never gave a second thought to all of it before much less where our society is heading. It seems like there is a contest to see who can conform to a more unified culture first or moreover who can destroy it first.
As someone who ventured out of a small town that was very close-minded to the outside world, I understand the value of embracing different viewpoints. This is why the mission of Georgetown resonates with me. Additionally, advocating for the underserved and treatment of the whole person are principals that Georgetown values which directly align with my own. Throughout my life, I have been a part of and witnessed the consequences of being a minority.
Diversity and inclusion, with any future clients, should be personalized and should work their alongside rather than for them. This concept is imperative to me and I feel confident that I will execute this as a social worker. However, I need to become assertive with challenging discrimination, oppression and cultural assumptions. I need to attend more conferences that focus on this area of professional development. Next year, as a student with less responsibilities, I am hoping to immures myself actively in discussion about cultural competence.
Born and raised as an “ABC” - American Born Chinese - in Las Vegas, I have been steeped in and connected to the culture and community of one of the most diverse and unique cities in the world. Throughout my upbringing in a Chinese household located in what many refer to as “Sin City” and during my time at a boarding school on the East Coast that values the differences within its inclusive community, I have encountered people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. This has provided me the opportunities that have led me to understand and appreciate all that diversity has to offer, such as distinctive traditions and contrasting perspectives. As someone who identifies multitudinously herself, I believe I can effectively bring my own flavor
The world is filled with people, and like snowflakes, each person is not the same as another. Each person identifies with different aspects of their lives to create their own personal identities. I personally identify with my Italian side of my family to help form who I am today. I have found myself connecting with this side more so than the other parts of my identity. It affects how I live my life by becoming the center to the culture surrounding me.
I am a minority, and a minority hardly gets their voice heard. One reason why is that the majority talks too loud over them, and secondly, because of fear. Fear of discrimination. This was me through high school. My faith had always been something of true importance to me, including the morals and responsibilities that came along with it.
I feel that my particular experiences and passion will add strength and diversity to the USF medical class. Growing up from a lower socio-economic status has exposed me to a certain lifestyle in which one must be flexible and resilient in order to survive. In order to traverse the hardship, one must develop inner strength at a younger age. Those experiences has shaped my perspective on the outcome of hard work and opportunity. I am a firm believer of the saying, "What don 't kill you, makes you stronger".
Being a future first generation college student and a second generation Taiwanese immigrant, I find my ethnic identity to have played a crucial role in my life. Having grown up in a household where nobody spoke English, I believe it would be an understatement to say that my ethnic identity has defined me, for it is much more complex than what people perceive it to be. Rather, it has shaped me to become an individual who values education above all else. In Taiwan, education represents the pinnacle of success, and I strive to reach that pinnacle through an undergraduate education at Michigan. The Michigan Taiwanese Student Association will not only cater to my educational values, but serve to further my knowledge for a culture that remains relatively
walked out of the gondola at the top, and I could see the sun that is just about to rise behind the mountain further away. The sky was clear, and the cold temperature made my breath heavy. The snow crunched under my skis when I walked in the snow, and I felt that today was going to be a good day. I took two perfect runs on the slope before it was time for inspection of the course. I normally like when the course is changing from turn to turn, and the course today was just like that.
Once a year, my whole family comes together to visit my grandfather’s grave at the cemetery. My aunt tidies up my grandfather’s grave and puts the flowers in the vases attached on the sides of the tombstone. Then, my other aunt lays down a blanket in front of his tomb and puts different kinds of Chinese dishes on top of it. My grandmother lights a handful of incense and begins distributing them to all of my family members including adults and children. Each person prays with the three to four incense sticks in between their hands and then pushes the incense into the dirt so it stands upright.
It is important to understand our diverse America because every day our population starts growing from people with different backgrounds. Our schools, jobs, and parks there will be people with different culture, religions, beliefs, or color skin. It’s important to understand our diversity because that’s what unites us as a great country accepting those despite where they’re from or color skin. As we grow, we want to teach the younger generation that it’s important to accept diversity and regardless of one's background we are all the same as humans. If you think about it America was made from descendant immigrants who have been here for generations and leaving their print of their culture every day as America accepting their background because
Although my family dealt—and still deals— with it every day, the racial identity never was pointed out. As a little kid, I never understood why my dad sometimes was treated differently for me he always was just my dad. Later on I would understand why, but my idea “you are whoever you are” still was my life credo that I never doubted. I have never questioned myself on what I identify as before the conversation with the person that I met once and thought I would forget the next day, but it became the turning point of my life.