February is well known as Black History Month, but by no means should we only expose ourselves to diversity during this month. One way that we can continuously expose ourselves to diversity without spending money or traveling is by visiting your local library. Your library houses books and media that contains stories written by and about people from different walks of life than your own. The library can support you in learning about history, and how it shapes our present and future. This can be an incredibly uncomfortable experience, but I challenge you to reflect on why you are experiencing discomfort. If you want to put a book down that is making you uncomfortable, I ask you to consider that you are only experiencing these stories for a moment, while others are experiencing these stories as the reality of their everyday lives. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and if you are willing to lean into the discomfort, give a new movie or book a try that will help you learn new things about other walks of life.
Other ways that we can expose ourselves to diversity:
- Visit new places
- Try new foods
- Visit historical sites
- Attend public cultural celebrations (i.e. Hmong New Year, Pow wows)
- Talk to people and share what you’ve learned
- Listen to other’s experiences
- Reflect on how your background has shaped your experiences
- Practice love and understanding
There are billions of people on this Earth. There is so much to learn from each other, and so many ways to embrace and celebrate our diversity.