Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are important elements in any institution especially in an academic institution such as the University of Toledo. Cultivating an academic climate where diversity and inclusion are paramount is imperative for the University. Every academic institution needs to be a place where exchanging of ideas is commonplace. Diversity creates a haven for this exchange of ideas amongst the students. People from different regions and walks of life have different understanding of how the world works. When these people come together in a university such as the University of Toledo, the ideas are exchanged and more often than not, these ideas lead to the development of solutions that was almost impossible to achieve before.
Diversity and inclusion are also important to the university’s campus culture because they help the students understand each other and their respective backgrounds. These elements give students the opportunity to learn each other’s cultures and ways of life. With this understanding, the students can begin to appreciate their inherent differences and find common ground amongst each other. This leads to a peaceful and cohesive community of learned individuals. The change in attitude by the students will also lead to a change in attitude by the neighboring communities towards different types of people.
In addition, studies show that how the students in an academic institution experience their campus environment will determine their developmental outcomes as well as their academic achievements. Discriminatory environments, where certain individuals feel excluded because they are different, often have a negative effect on the students. Their academic performances might deteriorate as a result of the discrimination suffered.
When talking about diversity and inclusion, we also have to bear in mind the welfare of the faculty and staff, as they are part and parcel of the university’s campus climate. Diversity and inclusion will help foster a positive environment for these professionals, where they can develop both professionally and personally. Faculty members who feel included in these institutions often feel personally and professionally supported. Their loyalty is now to the school and they are no longer just working for remuneration. They are now working towards making the institution thrive. It is also known that workplace discrimination begets a negative attitude towards work and careers in addition to decreased health and quality of life.
A diverse campus is important to me because I want to experience firsthand the different cultures of the world. I want to be in a room full of people from all over the world who have a different mindset than mine. I want to learn their cultures and ways of life and in turn teach them about my own culture and way of life. I believe such interactions can result in greater world peace and release some of the tension between different religions and countries that usually end up in war.
Some of my diverse dimensions include my culture, religion, sex, educational background, and nationality. I bring a different culture to the UT community because I have had varied influences from different cultures during my upbringing. One can say that I am multi-cultured. I believe my exposure to different cultures during my formative years would bring a wealth of knowledge to the campus about different cultures. I also hope that I can raise awareness about respecting each other’s differences instead of using these differences to fight one another. My educational background will also be an addition to the diversity in the school. I have been exposed to different schooling systems my entire life and I believe that this knowledge can be critical to understanding how different communities educate their young ones.