Diversity and Inclusivity

“Variety is the spice of life.” This proverb has stood the test of time for good reason. It is difficult to deny that diversity permeates all facets of reality. It is the essential component that makes life as thrilling and wonderful as it is. Imagine a world where everyone appeared and behaved identically, or where you consumed the same food every day. Or consider a universe where the only color is a single shade of blue. Could you still identify what you’re seeing if everything were blue? It is evident from these foods for thought alone how important diversity is for our existences, which depend on distinguishing and identifying things from one another in order to navigate what we call life. A life in which everything appeared identical is inconceivable, as it would be equivalent to nothing. Light, for instance, cannot exist without shadow. All of these may sound abstract, but they can be applied to mundane and/or practical situations.

We firmly believe that the most engaging and immersive experiences are fostered in an environment that employs and welcomes people from all walks of life and cultures. In accordance with this belief, the University of Luzon does not engage in discrimination based on social standing, religion, politics, race, or gender. In contrast, all seekers of knowledge are welcome on our campus. Our doors are always open to those with a desire to comprehend, gain knowledge, and grow. Respect for one’s individuality, seeing and recognizing inherent differences, strengths, and weaknesses, and understanding that all people can contribute to society in their own unique ways are fundamental to a prosperous and flourishing society. On a smaller scale, a campus exhibiting these characteristics forms a stronger and, paradoxically, more cohesive whole. Moreover, collective human knowledge is merely the byproduct of ideas, concepts, and wisdom that have been shared, disseminated, and dispersed among various peoples and cultures. In light of this fact, it is not a stretch to assert that the more diverse and inclusive an institution is, the more knowledge is available for use as a result of each individual’s experiences and familiarities. This, in turn, results in an improved and more productive education.

Education is inclusive by its very nature. Everyone is capable of learning if they have the desire to do so, and if the institution fosters a culture that values education for all, it is only natural that everyone will learn more. The greater the number of people with access to high-quality education, the better off our society will be. The greatest advances in human progress have resulted from discoveries that were guided and aided by prior knowledge. Imagine the possibilities that would be made available if we made education more accessible and amplified the potential for new discoveries. In the future, we may have the means to solve the crises currently afflicting our planet: climate change, extreme poverty, injustice, the energy crisis, and many others.

It all begins within the walls of educational institutions such as our very own University of Luzon, where the future is shaped by our students. The application of what you’ve learned ultimately rests in your hands; we are merely facilitators. And it must be emphasized once more that we do promote an inclusive and diverse environment; you are welcome if you have a desire for personal development and growth and if you have a thirst for knowledge.