Some good thoughts on diversity from Laura Lee Anderson.
Exclusion is never the path to diversity.
Even if it’s excluding the majority.
Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. 😉
Some of you know that, in the summers, my husband and I do professional-level Shakespeare with urban teens. Check it out:
Notice something about this picture? It’s diverse. Now, it’s obviously diverse in a couple of ways: ethnically and age-wise (youngest 13, oldest 24, mode age 16). But it’s diverse in SO MANY other ways because each student is a person. Each has gifts and hang-ups and each is quirky or insightful or sweet or sassy or bouncy or weird. Some have been to rehab and some have been in honors programs (or done both). Some have straight A’s and some have processing disorders (or have both!). It is this diversity that makes our program awesome. We rely on these beautiful, flawed…
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