Essay about Racial Diversity and the True Colors of Life

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Racial Diversity - The True Colors of Life

 

Think of the world as a box of crayons. A box in which each color stands in its own designated space. Like these crayons, we each have different shades, tints, and most importantly, we all leave marks on our world when used. Some of us will leave a bold, vivid mark that cannot be unnoticed. For others of us, our mark is soft and subtle. Alone, each crayon can only achieve so much in the expression it can make. The way we express ourselves is limited to our own color that is made up of our customs, culture and experiences in life. It is not until we learn to mix our understandings, beliefs, our experiences, that a new color and expression can be made by each one of us. If we
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Whithin ten minutes, every ethnic group I have ever known passes by me in a hurried rush to class. On our campus there exists endless opportunities to explore life as lived by other people. I have opened my eyes to this world and I am now a part of, separate from Mom and Dad and my circle of friends who all see life through the same eyes I do. In the world I have belonged to up until now each crayon in the box was of the same tint. I see that I am now a crayon in a very colorful box.

 

I have lived my life a very conservative, middle class Mexican-American Catholic. Racially, sexually or religiously diverse friends and encounters have been sparse in my upbringing. I have been exposed to more diversity in one day on campus than I have been in my entire eighteen years. Believing one must travel the world in order to truly see life through other peoples eyes and diverse ways of living is wrong. This is what I have come to see as the greatest dividend on my tuition. One does not need to travel the world as I thought. The world is here and has come to me.

 

Why do I count this world brought to our campus as important as the textbooks and professors themselves? Why do I feel a diverse student body is essential to attaining a complete and fulfilling education? The answer is simple for diversity is critical to understanding, compassion and self growth. I have learned this in viewing my

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