Name: Jane Doe
Pageant: Miss Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Celebrating Cultural Diversity and Inclusiveness
It is imperative that this nation face and embrace its cultural diversity. While many people have talked about this issue, I believe that most of them have only paid lip service to the true necessity of what needs to be addressed related to this issue. There is a false truth in merely accepting and tolerating cultural diversity. I intend to prove that in order to accept and understand people of other cultures; one must be willing to step out of a personal cultural comfort zone and identify the origin of their prejudice. I will specifically focus on three areas: Children, Communities, and Businesses.
The title of Miss Pageant, combined with the national media already looking at the surface of this issue, will allow me to create a national awareness that must exist. Currently, the term “Cultural Diversity” is well known in the halls of institutions of higher learning and, perhaps, even in the public school classroom because of the need for some to be politically correct. But. in order for us to make a true change in attitudes and behaviors of Americans, we must move beyond talk and into action and policy changes.
My plan is to motivate the media and to partner with the National Conference for Community and Justice. This organization has chapters in every major city in the nation and, in many cases those chapters have community leaders involved who can, with encouragement and challenging, bring this issue out of hiding and into the public light in each of those communities.
Obviously, the media and the NCCJ already exist. However, what is lacking is a lightning rod to draw attention to this issue. This is where the Miss America Organization steps into the lead. What better role is there for Miss Pageant that to be an agent of change in organizing our nation to accept our differences and to create an environment that values each person on individual characteristics rather than on stereotypes or assumptions?
For years, Miss America was seen as a young woman who cut ribbons and appeared in parades. It is time for Miss America to step out of the convertible and lead the parade. Our country’s ethnic make-up is changing rapidly and our citizen’s fear of terrorism can explode already existing, but deeply hidden prejudices. I want to be the leader that this nation needs.
This nation needs this issue addressed now and through the already existing NCCJ and its local and state organizations combined with the power of the Miss America Organization, we can make a concrete difference now, which will change the direction and the future of our nation.