By Zach Selassie '18 and Kai Ahmadu '18
Culture is all around us. It is a conglomeration of our desires, interests, and hopes — the soul of a society and the people within it. Traditions, beliefs, art, food — all make up a culture. Being aware of my own culture and cultures differing from my own makes me more aware of and more appreciate of diversity. Opening my perspective to different cultures expands my knowledge of people’s backgrounds and the world’s overall diversity. This awareness gives me a deeper empathic capacity, letting me connect with people and their society without meeting them in person. Over time, these connections have provided me with a broader window to look at our complicated reality.
Cultural Awareness Organization strives to broaden everyone’s window by exploring cultures in America and around the world, with the hope of understanding our multifaceted reality. We will publish unique traditions, food, and art present in different cultures in the Exchanged Issues and around St. Albans during the second semester.
Why CAO at STA?
The Washington, D.C., area is your cliche “bubble.” Living in D.C., the vast majority of people are liberal. It is near impossible to find someone with an alternative viewpoint in an area that voted 91% for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Even at STA, most students are liberal, and most students are white. Although the majority of STA looks the same, there are stark differences between everyone. Everyone is wildly different from each other, and CAO wants to serve as an outlet for everyone to learn more about each other.