When we talk about diversity, we often think of a melting pot - a society where different types of people blend together as one. Over the years, there’s been a growing acceptance that diversity goes beyond just appearance. It includes other facets of us, such as how we think, live our lives, and express our thoughts. 

An appreciation for diversity begins at home. Maya Angelou once said, "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." This is the only way to combat the “cognitive tribalism,” that causes us to dislike anyone who doesn't look and think like we do.

We can become more accepting of others when we see the value in diversity. This week, I offer four reasons why diversity is beautiful and should be encouraged.