I’ve been thinking a lot recently about diversity. It’s a tough subject to avoid these days as the national dialogue bounces from questions of white nationalism to warnings against cultural appropriation and debates about the lasting impact of Caucasian performers in “black face.”
At The Chicago School, diversity has been at the heart of our dialogue from the very beginning. Along with the related concept of inclusion, diversity is a central value to our model of education, and is woven throughout our mission and our curriculum.
It is the backbone of our model of professional preparation; our graduates enter the workplace knowing that while some mental health issues are universal, others are culturally specific, and demand an understanding of individuals’ background and beliefs.
The meaning of diversity continues to expand; no longer are we concerned with only diversity of race and religion, but of age, economic and educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability.
Diversity is our future – we must be clear on this. Understanding and embracing it make us richer as individuals and as a nation.
Remember, life is short. Let’s each do our part to make it the best we can, for ourselves and for those around us.