Students celebrate Diversity Awareness Month
October is Diversity Awareness Month, and this year, sophomore Samantha Figueroa and other SGA members decided to “take a stand.”
On Oct. 3, Towson’s SGA uploaded a video, entitled “What’s Your Stand?,” on YouTube to spread the message about the effects of hate speech in an effort to raise awareness about the power behind words that are often used in everyday conversation.
“We had actually saw students at Duke University who did a response video to Miss America who received a lot of backlash because of her background and she was the first from America to be from Indian descent,” Figueroa, a former Towerlight contributor, said. “So we saw this as an inspiration, essentially.”
Figueroa, along with five other students in the video, described how offensive language is used in everyday conversation and how hurtful they can be. Words such as “gay” and “retarded” are thrown into conversation to describe things that are irrelevant to the actual meaning of those words.
“I believe that things have become very mainstream and just like in Macklemore’s song ‘Same Love,’ he says that we’ve become numb to the words that we say because we don’t realize their true meaning or how hurtful they can be to one specific person,” Figueroa said.
The video has over 2,000 views and encourages people to find better ways to express themselves with words that do not offend others.
“Through diversity, you enhance yourself,” Jamal Washington, sophomore and SGA member, said. “You learn more things about yourself and about other people that you wouldn’t have learned otherwise.”