“Social experiments often fail, as any baby boomer who joined a commune in the 1960s can attest. But the efforts currently underway on college campuses to enact the American ideals of opportunity, diversity and unity are noble, and the participants deserve respect for trying to achieve them.”
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
These are words from Dr. Wayne Dyer that are subconsciously embedded within modern day college students. Students at local university campuses are fighting for diversity daily and welcoming it with open arms.
Safe space, MUNDO, and Community Unity Educators (CUES) are diversity programs that are created and managed by college students at hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the nation. Unlike college life in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, many students are forced to accept diversity. When I say forced, I am referencing when roommates of different backgrounds are housed together knowing little to nothing about said partner.
Even though some students may come from segregated parts of America, things are different in college. For example, here is a narrative you may see on a campus “…, a daughter of a hedge fund parent may share a room with the daughter of a migrant worker; a straight Republican may room with a gay Bernie Sanders supporter. Everyone is here, and everyone lives together, if not in perfect harmony."
Nothing is perfect and we all have struggles. Today’s college student is growing up in ”…a time of political, social and economic turbulence unseen in a generation.“, but they are developing ways to adjust to and accept diversity.