Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has a very unique International Hospitality Program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. They care about their international students. Volunteer host families befriend the students and share time with them, so the family and the students learn about each other‘s culture and customs. Each semester they collect donated household items and furniture to help students feel welcome at the beginning of their journey in the United States.
SIUE celebrates diversity and makes it a positive learning experience for students, but in the end it benefits all participants. Diversity brings different ideas into the community, which definitely shakes up the old ideas. SIUE launched a Diversity Program 12 years ago, and although promoting diversity was not easy in the beginning, the learning process leads to new solutions for a changing society. Today, business expand their reach and collaborate with global partners successfully, while their decision making is inclusive of different cultural aspects. This is the vision SIUE has for many years. They are proud they are able to provide their students this global training. Diversity and inclusiveness is the future of America, and also the world.
The power of the Holy Spirit already shakes the foundation of the way we think and reshapes the structure of the world. We are in the process entering a new era. This is the plan which God has for mankind and this is the teaching of Baha’u’llah. The Bab and Baha’u’llah brought the new message of God to us nearly 200 years ago. As we see, the world has changed from feudal and colonial systems into one with widespread, although not yet universal democracy. Today we advocate the equality of mankind. The cast system and slavery are forbidden by Baha’u’llah, and have been made illegal in every country within the last two centuries, thanks to the mercy and compassion of God. His bounty and grace is fulfilling the promises of salvation. “O SON OF SPIRIT! With the joyful tidings of light I hail thee: rejoice! To the court of holiness I summon thee .”
Now is the time to let go of sorrow from the past and move forward to follow His steps to build a new world. As God promised, a new heaven and new earth, and the Tabernacle of Unity will be established. We can shine the glory of God in the process, when we choose to work together.
Praise to His Glory. Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!