From Lily Cozad (Springfield, MO)
BE CIVIL BE HEARD! Missouri State’s public affairs mission is something that’s so special to the student body and staff. Cultural competence is complex and probably my favorite pillar. Here’s 10 ways you can stay civil and make your opinion count when discussing cultural competence.
- Be attentive
- Acknowledge others
- Be inclusive
- Respect other views
- Speak out with courage
- Act with compassion
- Give and accept constructive feedback
- Treat your environment with respect
- Be accountable
My favorite step would be number 5: respect other views.
In the words of Aretha Franklin: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T
find out what it means to me R-E-S-P-E-C-T take care, TCB”
Kid President said it best, “if life is a game, aren’t we all on the same team?”
Everyone will always have different opinions. Is it Panera? Is it Bread Co.? Beyond the point, we are surrounded with different viewpoints every, single day (even though it’s Panera). It’s so important to remember the overall goal: to become a unified society, to be on the same team.
Respecting others views is so important in becoming a well-rounded, educated individual. Even if someone has a conflicting opinion, understanding and respecting their opinion, will help you learn to communicate with all different mindsets. Always have an open heart and mind when having civil conversation about opposing viewpoints. Just like the golden rule states: treat people the way you want to be treated. If you need more motivation, listen to Kid President: “treat everybody like it’s their birthday.”
Wake up and remember that endless respect will always help our society move forward and become a better place. Also, while we’re on the topic on birthdays, mine is in 16 days and I love pizza, chocolate and winning card games.