Mihir Satish from Churchill High School
Believe it or not, overall we are all 99.9% the same but what makes us
different is our personality, without which we would just be like any other
animal. The 0.1% subtle difference attributes to our culture and personality
traits. As a Human Relations committee member I would utilize social media effectively to inspire people to
appreciate the diversity and cultural
One way I will promote culture and make people understand the
difference is by initiating a movement, such as by using a hashtag. Using
hashtags has brought success to many movements like the
#BlackLivesMatter movement. It raised awareness mainly among millennials
which led to its success.
Another way I can spread awareness and generate
enthusiasm would be to involve members in an activity that is interesting
and challenging. One example of this would be the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which is a challenge where participants would dump a bucket of water on their head to spread awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Another way I will promote learning about cultural differences is by
organizing multicultural group events and promoting it using social media
such as a catchy twitter handle, facebook groups, and Group Me to spread
awareness about it. The best way for people to learn about each others
culture would be through face to face communication, and I will make it
interesting by holding cultural pot lucks where people of different backgrounds bring their traditional food to share and talk about their
I will also bring in influential people to speak about their culture in
front of the audience. I will hold cultural shows where people can show off
their talents and skills. These events will enable people to appreciate the
commonalities and differences between their culture and also will inspire
interest in learning about other traditions. I will hold these events in local
areas such as parks, libraries, and other meeting places so it will be convenient for people to attend.
In order to promote the respect of other cultures I will raise awareness
in children by exposing them to various educational animated videos on different cultures uploaded on YouTube. Not only will this be entertaining,
but the children will understand the importance of cultural differences
enabling them to embrace it and pass it onto the next generation.
Culture is what makes our lifestyle unique. Without culture, life wouldb
be bland due to the fact that we will all be the same. As a multicultural
society we need to inspire people to respect the traditions and diverse
culture that set us apart, and what easier way is there to do that than using
social media to spread the message?
Jessica Zenas from Stevenson High School
In this era of technological advances, social media reigns supreme as one of the biggest
influences in our lives. It is for this reason that we must ensure that there is proper cultural
representation and acceptance.
If I were on the Human Relations Commision I would promote
respect and inspire understanding by providing citizens with exposure to other cultures on social
media which would allow them to understand and appreciate people of other cultures as well as
create to a stronger, more unified community where every person feels accepted.
I believe the first step to respect is representation. This is an area that I have found Livonia to be very lacking in. Simply by looking at the city Facebook page, I saw only caucasian citizens. While I understand that Livonia is predominantly white, that does not mean that we do not need to show any diversity on social media.
By simply posting photos of culturally diverse groups, people will naturally become more familiar and comfortable with other cultures. For example, Livonia has Niji-Iro Elementary, a school that could be Livonia's shining jewel of cultural cooperation if it were posted about. However, it remains largely unnoticed and unpublicized. Posting pictures or stories about Niji-Iro would not only school promote education, but it would also promote diversity through adorable elementary schoolers.
Once the representation I have described is created and people are open to cultural diversity, it is up to the city to continue fostering unity.
Livonia must promote cultural events on social media in order for greater cultural acceptance to be successful. The city doesn't even need to plan these events; it just needs to promote them and share them with positive reinforcement on social media, a platform most citizens are familiar with.
Livonia has missed many opportunities for this. For example, the Stevenson Marching Band went and played for Niji-Iro, but there was no acknowledgement of the event which could have been a great show of diversity and community cooperation. There are also amazing, diverse clubs at the high schools such as diversity club and GSA (Gay Straight Alliance).
The Human Relations Commission could easily send someone to take pictures of these events or ask school staff for photos and post them on social media. But, even when pictures are not available, a simple shoutout message would be advantageous.
The city's support of these events will help make citizens realize how important acceptance is. That is what make this step so vital: it pushes people past tolerance towards acceptance, and, eventually, to involvement. Others may claim that shoving diversity in people's faces on social media will not actually help, but rather annoy citizens. However, this line of thinking is highly flawed.
First off, I am not suggesting that the city post an egregious amount of photos or stories on social media. I would prefer if the city made a moderate amount of endearing, nonaggressive posts that got people excited about unity.
Secondly, these posts should not be annoying or boring in any way because they should be including a myriad of cultural groups that offer a wide range of material to be posted about. Also, the suggestion that the city shouldn't be paving the way for further cultural understanding on social media is ridiculous. Social media is where most young people express themselves, making social media the main platform of youth culture.
Therefore, it is impossible to have adults posting on social media without them forming an understanding of youth culture. This is true for many other cultural communities, which makes social media the perfect place to promote respect and understanding between all of the different groups.
Overall, the Human Relations Commission should promote respect and understanding on social media by representing all cultures and popularizing community events that cross cultural lines. Posts that advocate unity will help everyone feel welcome and bring new light to groups that are often misunderstood. I believe citizens would find this campaign of acceptance to be a valuable contribution to our city that will make everyone of every culture feel more valued and equal.
The equality and acceptance I speak of is absolutely possible, but only with the support of the government and the willingness of the governed, which is why I urge the Human Relations Commission to take into account all of the submissions and suggestions given to them from their active constituents to add to Livonia's growing cultural acceptance, on and off social media.