Adam Sedlacko, PresidentMaster of Public Administration
In order to appropriately inform policy decisions, the public sector must recognize and value those of all backgrounds. Unselfish discourse regarding the intersection of public affairs and diversity is necessary for inclusion and understanding to be adequately achieved, and the creation of safe spaces for diverse perspectives to engage in this discourse should be encouraged."
Michelle A. Nkumsah, Vice PresidentMaster of Public Administration
Many of today's public issues stem from multilayered problem- meaning there usually isn't a cut-and-dry, black-and-white solution to them. They require a multifaceted approach. That's what multiculturalism is- it's accepting and appreciating the differences in everyone and using those differences to bring us together and find solutions to problems. My hope for multiculturalism and diversity in public affairs isn't for it to be its own category, but to be the default.”
Lalitha Pamidigantam, TreasurerBA Public Management, Leadership, and Policy, with a specialization in Education Policy
We must have those who are diverse tell the story. Diversity is important, but oftentimes the spaces labeled diversity are only skin-deep, and do not address the deeper issues at core. As a colonized body, I speak only for myself, and my vision for diversity in public affairs is to create and maintain spaces by people like me, for people like me, instead of asking to be accepted by a community that only wants to understand me in a superficial way. Diversity can only thrive if it is not skin-deep."