It’s more important than ever for us to join in the communal, national and global conversation that’s roaring around us. With all that’s going on currently, it’s our duty as global citizens to be as well-informed as we can, especially if we wish to contribute to the conversation. If we want to have an opinion about something, we have the responsibility to learn as much as we can before we speak. There seems to me to be too much complaining and not enough action taking place. It’s too easy to talk the talk, but what are we doing to actually contribute in a positive way to enact change?
There are plenty of ways that we can be better global citizens. We can start small. Loras offers plenty of opportunities to attend speaking engagements and seminars, take part in on-campus conversations, contribute to interfaith experiences and much more. There are many more experiences that Dubuque offers as well.
Turn to page two in News to see what the Inclusive Dubuque Network is doing in our community to promote equality and encouraging conversation between community members of all ages. It is getting the ball rolling on a huge task that we have before us: to learn how to positively add our thoughts to the global conversation of which we are all a part, whether we wish to be or not.
Last week, I attended one of the conversations hosted by Inclusive Dubuque. True, my main motivation was to support my roommate who is an intern there and was leading the conversation, but I’m so glad I went. It was a great opportunity for me to see what a hidden gem these conversations are. Many may not know about them, but I think that they’re a great resource for us students to become involved in a community outside of our college bubble and feel like we are reaching those with more power in the city. It’s a great place to form relationships and network as well, and meet some of the hardworking people that help this city to function.
I surprised myself by actually contributing to the conversation once I got there. I didn’t plan on speaking, rather, just listening. Once I heard others voicing their thoughts, I wanted to contribute my own. I felt a sense of duty to be an active participant and actually enjoyed it and felt like I fulfilled some sense of that after finishing.
Although I’m only 22-year-old in a small city in Iowa, I can still work hard to make a difference, even if it’s only on a small-scale level. I can’t critique things that are happening in our city if I’m not helping to make things better. I truly believe after attending this conversation that an open dialogue between members of this community will be a huge help. Honest and open communication can make all the difference, and we need it more than ever in the tense atmosphere in which our country resides in today.