In today’s society, there is a level of consciousness being obtained. America has finally awakened from its four-hundred-year slumber, where it played a role of ignorance, denial and hypocrisy.
With the visuals of police brutality, peaceful protests and riots fresh on our minds, it is evident why our country is experiencing this revelation that is causing so many individuals, institutions, companiesm and organizations to make significant changes. These changes are both personal and professional, which have made the effects on all Americans more prominent.
After the summer of 2020, Creighton made it known that they support the peaceful protesting of police brutality. Along with voicing its support, Creighton has also attempted to show its support through actual change on campus.
One of the most significant changes was the full observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK Day is a holiday that celebrates the life and contributions of the late Dr. Martin Luther King. This holiday personally resonates with African Americans in the U.S., but it is a holiday for all people no matter their race, ethnicity, religion or socio-economic background.
As we enter Black History Month, it must be noted that Creighton is moving in the correct direction by fully observing MLK Day, creating panels that discuss diversity and social issues, and by looking to diversify their student body and personnel. These changes display Creighton’s dedication to becoming more socially aware and make minorities feel welcome and understood on its campus.
It is be hoped that Creighton continues down this path of recognizing persons of color and making them feel more comfortable on campus. T
oday’s workforce is more diverse than America has ever seen in the past. Our country has made some extensive strides since the founding of this society. With an increase in diversity, there is a greater need for sensitivity training, learning of social cues, political correctness and a deeper understanding of respect and compassion.
Each of these elements aids individuals on a daily basis while interacting in the American workplace. People who are unaware of history cannot be the most effective version of themselves, which is why Creighton has a duty to educate its students and prepare them to interact in diverse environments.
Understanding the atrocities that people have encountered and the barriers that have minimized their success allows people to better handle situations that involve race, ethnicity, religion, sex and/or sexual orientation. This better understanding prevents people from unknowingly or ignorantly escalating a situation that involves one of the elements discussed above.
The racial justice and diversity movement surging through the U.S. calls for a higher level of consciousness, awareness, and intellect that can only be provided by individuals, institutions, corporations and companies educating themselves and the people they have influence over.
Thus, Creighton must treat this duty with the utmost importance because it will have repercussions that reverberate through society for decades.