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Diversity at Baruch College is the key to a successful future

Baruch College is a microcosm of the melting pot that is New York City. When students come here, they get exposure to various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This notion is reinforced further by the fact that Baruch received recognition from both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times for having a “diverse, supportive and inclusive environment.”

While it is heartwarming to hear that our institution is progressing toward providing opportunities to ambitious individuals from all walks of life, there are also very practical applications for this diversity as well. By having a diverse campus, our overall college experience becomes enhanced.

Diversity forces students out of their ethnic comfort zones by throwing them into an environment with other cultural perspectives. Being surrounded by diverse people helps cultivate a well-rounded student who is creative, open-minded and adaptable to different social situations.

All of these characteristics will come in handy in the future, especially when it comes to our careers. The American workforce “is expected to increase from 34 percent to 55 percent by 2050,” according to U.S. News & World Report.

Baruch’s diverse campus is actually training its students to become employees who can relate and communicate in a healthy manner with those who come from different cultures. This enhanced communication makes for a more effective employee

Exposure to diversity also produces citizens of the world, not just American citizens. A citizen of the world is a person who becomes exposed to and accepts different cultural traditions, religions, music, food, art and experiences instead of isolating themselves within their own cultural bubble. By expanding this worldliness, diverse campuses produce a society that is more empathetic and understanding of human differences, which is the only way for all of these ethnicities to coexist peacefully.

There is not a single downside to an institution having a diverse student body. Therefore, diversity should be promoted and encouraged. The benefits of diversity apply to academics and careers of students while simultaneously producing a healthy society.

Diversity can be a great teacher; some of the most helpful perspectives and lessons come from people who are different from us.

October 22, 2018

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