Are We An Inclusive Community?

Hello Friends,

First off, I want to let everyone know that the Healthy Hearts event was postponed and has been rescheduled to take place in April, so keep an eye out for an updated flier and social media posts regarding the new date and time for this amazing event as well as other events coming up soon!

Next, There is an issue that has been weighing on my heart lately and I finally have built up enough courage to voice this thought with you all. As many of you already know, a group of students from the GAP had the opportunity to attend the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. a few weeks ago and I was honored to be one of the individuals able to attend the event. Unfortunately, since then, I have received some negative commentary from individuals both within my family and in my social circle who did not approve of my choice to attend the march. Ultimately, these comments were said because they were unaware of my reasons for participating. However, some have also expressed that they did not view any issues within our country to be significant enough for a world wide march. Before I continue, I want to add that I am not trying to point any fingers and additionally, I respect that everyone is allow to have their own opinion, but this is how I feel. The lack of education regarding the purpose of the march, the social issues our society has ignored, and the overall attitude of our country breaks my heart. There is much to be discussed in order for us to make change in our community, but we can’t do that if we are not willing to put our differences aside and stand together for the greater cause. This week as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across a short video clip that discusses the reality of stereotypes and prejudices along with a message expressing the importance of what it means to be an inclusive community. I invite everyone reading this blog post to take the time and watch this video clip. The clip can be found on the Nebraska Wesleyan GAP page! It’s only a few minutes long and it personally changed my perspective as well as forced me to have a reality check on how I can be a better neighbor to those around me. Also, if you haven’t done so already, this would be a perfect opportunity to like our page and keep up to date on what is happening with the GAP. Thank you for reading my two sense on this issue, it feels good to finally feel comfortable voicing my opinion and I encourage others who may have been silent or just going with the flow of things (like I was doing) to consider speaking up too. Definitely a liberating moment!

Anyways! Coming up next week, I will begin posting an “Advocate of the Week” introducing different volunteers and advocates here on Wesleyan’s campus throughout the semester. My goal for this addition is to assist others by putting a name with a face. This will hopefully allow anyone to know who they can contact/reach out to for information or even to just recognize another friendly face on campus who is associated with the GAP. The GAP strives to be an inclusive safe place and I feel that it’s important for everyone to know who they can turn to if they ever need us.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week and continues to have a safe weekend! I look forward to keeping you all updated on what is happening as our spring semester continues, so stay tuned! 🙂

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