When I first thought of diversity and what the definition meant to me, the first thing that came to mind what the background, and race of a certain individual. But diversity is much more than that. Diversity goes further than just the look of one or their background but it benefit you, open your eyes, and make you a more knowledgeable person.
Here at ASU discrimination is prohibited. The policy states “discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, religion, natural origin, citizenship, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age disability, Vietnam-era veteran status, other protected veteran status, newly separated veteran status or special disabled veteran status.” As you can see here diversity is much more than ones race or background.
I think it is very important to become acquainted with different groups of people. As stated by President Michael Crow “We must find ways to reach into all our communities with warmth and openness. We need to embrace cultural diversification in America and change the culture of the University as a critical first step.” I consider this to be very important I think everyone should see this as an opportunity.
When people become more diverse it can open them to new ideas and they can gain knowledge they didn’t have before. It can also increase their awareness and effectiveness of different cultures around them.
Lastly, Arizona State University is one of the nation’s largest and most culturally diverse research institutions. ASU has a total enrollment of 63,278 and 14,769 being of color.