Like a good physical workout, difficult conversations represent opportunities to build strength. We proudly embrace them as tools with which we can develop robust understanding of one another, and of the organizational demands we face together. With all the humility and openness this naturally requires, we look forward to discovering not only the differences between us, but also the inevitably rich histories and contexts in which our differences have come to be.
Alongside this, we recognize that affirmation is also a valuable tool for developing understanding. Not only is it vital in preventing us from living under constant or excessive stress, exploring shared views can help us to better pinpoint and articulate otherwise neglected features of our experience. This is why, whether informally or through our thriving identity clubs, we support all Anderson communities in celebrating their shared values, appreciating their shared histories, honoring their cherished traditions and embracing their shared identities with dignity.