Today, do one thing for diversity and inclusion

May 21, 2012 – Did you know that three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts are related to cultural differences?

Following the September 11th attacks, the Universal Declaration of Cultural Diversity was adopted by the United Nations to promote international collaboration through education, science, and culture with respect to human rights and the fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter.

In honor of cultural diversity, today and each year on May 21 we celebrate the addition to the charter by joining the worldwide campaign to “do one thing for diversity and inclusion”.

Every one of us can join in the cause, as even one small thing can become a global action if we all take part in it. For example, you can:

1. Visit an exhibit or a museum dedicated to other cultures.
2. Invite family or friends from another culture to share a meal and discuss the various holidays and celebrations embraced by that culture.
3. Listen to music, rent a movie, or read a book from another country or religion other than your own.
4. Read about the great philosophers of other countries, such as Confucius, Socrates, Aristotle, etc.
5. Attend a place of worship different from your own next weekend and participate in the celebration.

These are just a few ideas, but you can see how easy it is to show your support. I plan to visit the National Museum of Jewish History at lunch, which is only two blocks from my office.

Happy World Diversity Day!

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