OPINION: Diversity, inclusion should still be discussed in the absence of a crisis


It’s been about three weeks since the KSUnite rally, and things seem to be settling down a bit. However, it’s important to remember that promoting and working toward a more diverse and inclusive campus is a continuous process.

I’m glad that ongoing efforts to do so, like the College of Agriculture’s diversity forum, are still being covered in the press. But I’ve heard many of my friends and peers, especially those from marginalized communities, say things like, “Don’t just reach out to us when bad things happen.”

This applies to everyone, not just budding journalists. Don’t just talk to people who are just like you. Say hello to your neighbor. Sit with someone new at lunch. Attend multicultural events and meetings.

A major part of understanding someone else’s perspective or experiences is listening. It may be uncomfortable at first to be the only person that sticks out in a room, but think about this — as a student of color on this campus, I do this on a daily basis.

You may be surprised by how much you learn from stepping outside of your normal circle. Be an active participant in this conversation, look out for your fellow Wildcats and make Kansas State University a better place for everyone.

Savannah Rattanavong is a senior in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.