14th December 2012

"There are certain issues that a few years ago could've been avoided. But not today."

Abs Hassanali, University of London Union Senate Chair, explains what the Diversity Management course has meant for him and how his involvement with the Lokahi Foundation has changed a few of his perceptions.

I’ve been involved with the Lokahi Foundation for a couple of weeks. In that time I’ve realised how it embraces differences amongst people. It’s aim is simple: challenging perception. It does this this by facing up to the truth, pushing the boundaries and getting to the heart of the things that make us similar, but more importantly, the things that make us different.

It’s sometimes easy to make a judgement about people and assume that they must fall into a certain category. If anything, this course has taught me that no one person has all the answers; that I don’t know everything about what I believe in or where I come from, and I personally don’t belong to any certain group of people I’ve inherited. The course only asks for one thing in return. That you remain open-minded. Because that's the only way you can remain.

It's sometimes easy to make a judgement about people and assume that they must fall into a certain category. If anything, this course has taught em that no one person has all the answers

For example, through reflective reframing, I have learnt how the influence of words can transform a criticism into a positive remark.These diversity courses are the kind of courses big businesses spend millions of pounds upon, and its that extra thing you can do throughout University that tips ahead of other candidates. There’s very few chances where you get to be honest with yourself. And being honest with yourself is not easy.

Sounds challenging? It is. Taken seriously, the Lokahi course could be one of the most difficult yet precious of experiences.

 Abs Hassanali, Heythrop College, University of London Union Senate Chair

 

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