Madison's greatest asset - it's growing diversity
- I truly love the diversity that I see in Madison's public schools. I was in deep thought about this as I participated in a youth recognition dinner tonight.
I especially love walking into our high schools. Each time I do, I feel like I'm walking around the world in 60 seconds, with young people from different races, states, countries, backgrounds, and interests all gathering together in one building. It's one of the things my children believe is great about Madison and its schools. It's beautiful to see how diverse our children's peer group is, too. They have great friends, and they really love, encourage and support each other. It makes me miss my childhood friends, who were also very diverse, even more.
Just think of how powerfully special our community will be if we can overcome our achievement gaps, inequality and lack of diversity in our workplaces and leadership roles, and collectively inspire all of our children to strive for more.We have to continue to build on our strengths - our growing diversity - rather than see it as a liability because many of the children come from low-income families. If we can get the adults to create more opportunities for our children to keep growling together as adults and have equal opportunity to explore, experience and succeed in Madison, we WILL be the greatest city in the country. So, for me, it's not the lakes, landscape and college sports that make our town livable and special for me; it's our growing diversity and the thought of how wonderful Madison can be IF we invest equitably in our children, their parents, and their futures right now, instead of passively harboring Madison's penchant for growing inequality instead.Lovin it! It's one of the things that continues to keep me motivated!
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