Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Diversity Awareness Reception

On Wednesday, November 14, the Office of Multicultural and International Student Programs celebrated Diversity Awareness Month with a reception highlighting and celebrating the diversity of our campus. This year’s keynote Julie Yindra shared an enlightening speech with us about her perspective on diversity. Our talented Hofstra students added their creative insight by sharing their own personal poems and stories with the audience. See below for a beautiful poem entitled “Multicolored Lenses” written by Shannon Alomar, a second year student who wrote this poem specifically for the reception.

Key note: Julie Yindra, Director for Students with Disabilities
Check out our Diversity Awareness Month calendar for more events on how to get involved with this month's celebration.

Multi-Colored Lenses
Multicolored eyes should not be solely based on pigment
Different tones of flesh should not be so distant
History has shown how humans have overthrown cornerstones of oppression and aggression
Here’s the lesson
Hush and listen
From the storks nest to your mother’s womb
You weren’t brought into this world in a tomb
Why choose to die from being shelled inside due to ignorant connotations
I think some call it “hateration”
But we’re living in a nation of undermined appreciation
They say “we can change the world”
But why wait for eventually
When the answer is in front of you and even me
Perception is the name of the game
  Don’t sit back and look so tame
Blame, oh blame, someone is always to blame
But I’ll say it again
Perception is the name of the game
Our world is ever changing
Not complacent with the pacing
It is exciting, often inviting, always vibrant
If you try it
Honestly where would we be without this glorious ideology
It’s not psychology or biology
But Diversity
What do I mean?
Through my multicolored eyes I have seen
Jerk chicken laid pon arroz con pollo
I have seen fist pumps intertwined with krumps
I have seen him and her
Him and him
Her and her
Fall in love without limitations
I have seen student graduate from college and immigration
I have seen everything from ni hao to shalom
Service to masses
Uptown to cross country
Jumping the broom and stepping on glasses
Rainbows sitting in classes
This list can get massive
But it’s attractive
Ever growing
It is alive and well and many keep it showing
If you are willing to obtain it do not give into suppression
Or neglect a valued outlet
Of multicultural expression
Forget rose colored glasses
Try some multicolored lenses on for size
Guaranteed to allow you to be open minded
And not ostracize man kind
 The depletion of intolerance can be summed up in a word
Help communities thrive and create songs unheard
Bring a level of understanding among brothers and sisters of the world
One word
Now repeat it to your herd 

Shannon Alomar, a second year student majoring in Journalism, sharing her poem, "Multicultural Lenses"
Blog by: Annick Aska, Assistant Director of the Multicultural and International Student Programs Office


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