Every student should have access to equal opportunities while trying to reach their educational goals. School systems must allow students equal access to the same resources without any barriers. This will promote dedication, commitment, and healthy competition in student life. When a student has access to everything a school can offer them throughout their educational journey, they are more likely to succeed and work hard.
Why is it Important to Have Access in Schools?
If you think about access in a practical way, there’s a reason why the most important meetings take place behind closed doors. In order to access all those meetings, you need to be a part of that team or community. In order to join that team or group, people had access to resources to help them get there.
In the school system, bringing accessibility and optimism to students early on will not only convey compelling results, but it will also level the playing field and provide great opportunities for everyone. At the end of the day, access will open doors for students to find jobs, clients, and events in their communities. From that point, it is up to the student on an individual level to put in the work to achieve their goals.
Is Diversity Important for Access?
Diversity and access can be two integral parts of a school's programing and mission. Students should always have access to resources and opportunities, regardless of their beliefs, experiences, values, or backgrounds. Additionally, having access to something is a right that every person should have. The way we use items, like memberships or services, is ultimately up to us, but we all should have the ability to access what we need to find success in life.
Access for students of all backgrounds will help them expand their knowledge, explore their interests, and become better versions of themselves. When every student has access, they will feel encouraged to understand their peers and to work together. For example, schools can offer presentations and workshops to students about the importance of networking and leadership. At this event, all students will get the chance to learn how they can work on their professional development. Furthermore, if the event is open to the entire study body, students can share ideas with one another and help each other grow and learn.
Overall, access needs to start within our school systems. Access can have an incredible impact on a student's life, and it can help them achieve their short-term and long-term goals. Students will learn the importance of access from a young age, and they can bring this experience with them into the workplace. A community that gives equal access to all of its members is a community we all can strive to create.
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Joseline J. Hardrick is the Founder and President of Diversity Access Pipeline, Inc. She is also an author, professor, and lawyer and resides in Tampa Bay, Florida. Guest bloggers are students in the Journey to Esquire® Scholarship & Leadership Program.