Diversity day encourages challenging conversations

Peyton Rosenfels ’20, Scott Ding ’21, Skyler Davis ’19, and Issac Gart ’19 wait for further instructions during a break out session held at the Abbey. Students rotated between three sessions during the day.

Students and faculty joined in on the annual Diversity day on Tuesday Feb. 12. Throughout the day, students participate in several different activities geared towards helping students to learn to respect other’s differences, opinions, and views.

This year those who participated watched Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, did a situational agree or disagree exercise,  learned the history of their peer’s name’s, and asked questions about famous monuments.

“I think it is great that we do diversity day every year. As Mount Michael has a very diverse student body, it is very important that we are all educated on and respect our brothers’ diversity,” Cole Wilber ‘21 said.

With students from China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Hungary, the States, and many more, diversity is not an uncommon concept to students.

“It’s a good day that connects people together and shows brotherhood,” said Qixuan Ding ‘21, an international student from Taiyuan, China.  “I was worried about a bias or discrimination coming from China, but I don’t feel that at all, I get treated like everyone else does. We are all brothers here.”

This year, a council of students worked with the teachers to plan diversity day. They tried as hard as they could to make it enjoyable for the student body while still being worthwhile.

“Hopefully the students can learn to have challenging conversations and learn more about their fellow classmates’ life experiences and how they ended up at Mount Michael,” student advocate Christy Crnkovich said.“Diversity day helps to build the community. We want all of our students to feel welcomed.”

A common consensus among students and administration alike is that diversity day is an effective and an important day for Mount Michael. It teaches students to accept the differences of their brothers.

The Mount is produced by the students of Mount Michael Benedictine School.