Arantxa Moreno

Director of Diversity Awareness

 

I grew up knowing that everyone is different. I remember my mom telling my four-year old self, “Differences makes us special. Never let the color of someone’s skin or their opinions be the reason you don’t love them.” As a little girl, I didn’t fully understand what that meant and it wasn’t until I moved to the United States that I did; specifically, during my time here at GCU. I am aware that this may seem overly simplistic as an adult, but these words continue to resonate within me and I want GCU to see that too.

Attending a university like GCU gives us a chance to move away from what we have always known and to look at the world through someone else’s eyes. It is unusual to have contact with such a wide-range of people, from a variety of diverse backgrounds. We must appreciate the opportunity given to us to see the world in a new way. I understand this can be overwhelming, even terrifying for some. I know this because I have felt it. However, the benefits are life changing.

As ASCGU’s Director of Diversity Awareness, my goal is to encourage students to openly acknowledge and celebrate diversity. ASGCU strives to form an open and safe environment in which students feel free to express their ideas, opinions, worldviews, and stories. It is important to recognize that diversity goes beyond where you were born or your political viewpoints. It involves the way you think, communicate, the experiences you have had, and so much more.

St. Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page.” While I think that is true, GCU to me is our own little world. There are so many distinct stories on campus which allow us to travel by simply interacting with others. I want GCU to be a place where people can experience every nation, culture, and worldview all through the stories shared with one another over coffee.

Whether it’s international students, veterans, athletes, Hispanics and African-Americans, disabled, Tribal students, or any other minority on campus, Diversity Awareness strives to create a community where diversity is not seen as something abnormal, but rather welcomed. So, I encourage you to be open to diversity and those around you; you might find more similarities than you expected. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”