Amador Valley High School Celebrates Diversity
Appreciating the diverse population at Amador
By Nandhana Sathish / Amador Student SEED Journalist
Living in a dull, homogenous environment filled with the same type of people with the same flow of ideas rarely leads to creative solutions to problems and is overall, boring. This unvaried setting is the stark opposite of the wide-ranging cultures at Amador Valley High School where diversity is embraced, especially through the annual Donversity week celebration. Each day is attributed to a specific theme (origins, unity, interests, awareness, and identity), and students were encouraged to dress up according to the theme to share their identity. The participation was overwhelming as students displayed their support for diversity among members in their community and exhibited their own diversity as well.
“Diversity to me means having an understanding of and celebrating the differences that make each of us unique. It's accepting people for who they are, considering ideas with an open mind, and being unified by this spirit of inclusivity and love,” said Mahika Nayak, a SEED member and a junior at Amador Valley High School.
Throughout the week SEED members organized events during lunch that explored various groups and cultures in the community. On Monday, SEED hosted foreign films at lunch which showed movie clips of different genres ranging from Japanese anime to French comedies. There was also an interactive world map which allowed students to pin their country of origin. On Tuesday, students wrote cards for hospitalized kids at the George Mark Children’s Hospital to show them that they are loved and supported by students at Amador. On Wednesday, there was the Club Festival where clubs at Amador set up booths. Clubs sold diverse foods and organized various activities to fundraise money for their club and the Wheelchair Foundation. The clubs represented different groups at Amador and their various interests. Thursday was Language Diversity Day, and many students spoke a language other than English for the entire school day. The week came to a close on Friday with the Donversity rally that showcased performances of different cultures and groups on campus including Bollywood, Chinese Culture Club, Black Student Union, American Sign Language, Gay-Straight Alliance, Hip Hop, and more. During their fourth period classes, students enjoyed the “Windows and Mirrors” board game that helped break the ice as students shared their personal experiences with their peers.
“With each year we have Donversity, I have personally seen that more people dress up and participate in the activities. And this is really important to me because I think that with diversity, people are pushed to be accepting and knowledgeable of different cultures, and ethnicities. I'm definitely glad we have such a diverse population on campus that really brings in a lot of varying opinions and viewpoints,” said Gowri Nayar, a senior at Amador Valley High School.
SEED members hope to continue this tradition at Amador as it serves to remind everyone that diversity is beautiful and helps us explore cultures and groups. It also reminds us that being different is not something to be ashamed of; it is something to embrace.