January 2017

January is usually a time to reflect on the past year. The lessons learned, celebrations that occurred and the not so happy events that took place in our lives. But with the onset of a New Year, our thoughts move  forward with eyes toward the future. The chapters have yet to be written. The pages are blank. Diaries and journals are empty. This January will see the inauguration of the 45th President for the United States, Donald J. Trump. After a contentious campaign season fraught with incredible ugliness,  January brings the hope of renewal to America. It is time to heal the divide that has been demonstrated in the diversity of the nation-Democrat vs. Republican, Male vs. Female, Rural vs. Urban, Working class vs Middle class. Diversity has been the central focus of this past election. Although never stated, diversity has been seen in its many forms. At the core of this inauguration is a call for finding common interest, concern for all humanity and respect for the values that define society.  As I look forward, I am hopeful that America renews its brilliance which has always been in the strength of the American people in coming together as one nation with global concern for all.

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Author: diversereflectionsblog

Dr. Clarke is an award winning diversity administrator possessing over 25 years of higher education experience. She currently serves as Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio University.

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