On Thursday, Aug.17, nearly 300 local community members came out to Cuesta College in what was ultimately a showing of support for inclusivity. I was among those who attended the Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Strategies for Business and Education forum and it was a success by all accounts.
It included two hours of data-driven facts about the importance of diversity and inclusion delivered by a pair of San Diego State University professors and researchers. The audience participated in an educational discussion on how microaggressions and unconscious biases permeate our society due to learned behaviors. Strategies were presented on how to improve these behaviors in the workplace, educational settings and within personal relationships.
The reaction I witnessed from attendees was incredible. Many felt this was an exceedingly important conversation, and urged the college to do more to advance the dialogue. I do hope that happens.
To echo the words of the California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley: “This is a time that requires college leaders to demonstrate through their own actions how civil debate should take place.”
Anneka Scranton, Los Osos