Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
A community is made of individuals with differences in abilities, age, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientation. Each individual has the same basic human rights for achieving independent goals: living life freely from slavery or torture, formulating an opinion and believing in one, working, learning, and self-dignity. Despite differences between individuals, each individual has these same rights for achieving goals. Thus, each individual deserves acknowledgement, acceptance, respect, and validation from others.
When individuals receive equal opportunities for achieving the same outcome, they receive the same amount of resources and time. In our communities, some individuals don't have the same amount of resources and time to begin with towards achieving the same outcome. Thus, it is important and fair to provide equitable opportunities to some individuals; they receive extra resources and time to achieve an outcome that's equal to others already with the resources and time. Providing equitable opportunities provides individuals a chance to reach their potential.
When a community is made of diverse individuals, they can provide a variety of backgrounds, histories, perspectives, and opinions toward common goals. When different people listen to each other, they can show empathy (imagining themselves in the "shoes of others" or watching from the "eyes of others") towards each other. When different people are better understood, they are acknowledged, accepted, respected, validated, and valued for being themselves. Common goals are revised and achieved when they represent, thus respect, the diversity of all individuals.
An inclusive community embraces different people and includes them in formulating common goals. Different people are welcomed, not tolerated, in contributing towards the common goal. An inclusive community provides more opportunities for different individuals to grow and improve from learning from each others' differences. In an inclusive community, individuals are acknowledged, accepted, respected, validated, and valued for being themselves.
To be empathetic is sharing and understanding another person's feelings. We can become more empathetic by practicing two different ways. We can manage how we respond to another person's emotions. For example, we can manage to stay calm when another person is expressing nervousness. We can also try relating to another person by considering the person's point of view of the situation. For example, we consciously try avoiding a certain situation with a friend who experienced trauma in a previously similar situation.
By practicing empathy, we can better learn about ourselves. Thus, we become better at communicating, connecting, and supporting other whom you know and don't know well.
The Pink Titans robotics team is built on the core values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. All members have the opportunity to learn and grow in a culture of respecting one's self and others. Members are encouraged to learn from and help each other achieve individual and team goals.
Sale of Pink Titans T-shirt
In promoting the diverse, inclusive communities, the Pink Titans robotics team is selling a pink shirt. The front says "Together We Are Powerful", which describes a community built on equity, diversity, and inclusion. The back identifies the Pink Titans, team 5719 of the FIRST Robotics Competition.
The shirt was a popular sale prior to Pink Shirt Day (Anti-Bully Day on the last Wednesday of February) and the International Day of Pink (in the second week of April).
A portion of the funds from each sale is donated to YouthLink, a social services organization for youth, located a short drive away from the Pink Titans in Scarborough, Ontario.
T-shirts are 100% cotton and unisex. Both are made by Gildan. The shirts come in a variety of sizes.
T-shirts are $15 each. For inquiries, please contact Edmund Kim at Edmund.Kim [at] tdsb [dot] on [dot] ca or PinkTitansCA [at] gmail [dot] com.