This past weekend, Northwestern's La Mosaic leaders went to a Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR) at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. The main purpose of this trip was for leaders to bond together, gain a greater understanding of leadership, and facilitate conversations within a multicultural setting.
Our trip was definitely a blast, since we all had the opportunity to have fun and learn from different perspectives. The interactions and encounters with other cultures within the conference were beneficial, as we were constantly challenged by peers to think about our neighbor. The conference’s theme was Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.” Throughout the book of Micah, God reveals to us how we need to put word into action by showing love, compassion, mercy and justice to this world.
As I meditated on this verse throughout the week, I was able to see that God calls us to not just live according to the standards of this world but to step out of our comfort zone to make a difference that will lead to change. I’m very blessed that I had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the importance of having diversity at Northwestern. As leaders of a multicultural group, we were able to gain a greater understanding of how to effectively engage in cross-cultural communication and how to deal with conflict. We acquired great tools that will help us instruct our members to become leaders that will stand up against injustices.
There are many areas in which we can make a change and stand up against injustices. One way we can make a difference in the world is by choosing to live uncomfortably. By this I mean choosing to live a life different together. Engaging with other cultures enriches us and brings beauty to life. In La Mosaic, we aim to encourage one another to dive deep into people’s stories and cultures to become a family. Stories are powerful and bring light to life. In this world, one learns by both personal experiences and stories from other perspectives. This is why one of the main goals of La Mosaic is to create a trustworthy place where different races can become a family and freely express themselves.