I’ve always held the belief that labels are a dangerous thing. I believe it is more likely that we each hold a complex mixture of beliefs, and ideology based upon our personal experiences, upbringing, those we love and admire, and the many events that influence our lives. I also believe that our personal ideology does not remain stagnant, but changes and develops as our life experiences grow. In fact, I think it is unproductive and perhaps divisive to label a person as “liberal” or “conservative.”
Any one individual may have a variety of views on topics that transcend these labels. For example, a person may hold sincerely held beliefs that correspond to their religious views, but different beliefs across a wide variety of issues that would not characterize the person as a “liberal” or “conservative.”
Isn’t it more productive that we listen and respect the viewpoints of all without the necessity of attaching a particular label to the person? Rather than seeking to divide us by way of labels, let us find common ground. As an Adjunct Professor at LCCC for the past nine years, I have experienced the joy of witnessing the bonds that develop in the classroom between the wonderfully diverse community here—including the diversity of age, color, creed, national origin, disability, and sexual orientation.
I regard LCCC as a safe place for the expressions of all views from this incredible community. I am proud to say that I have learned just as much from my students as I hope they have learned. College is indeed the perfect place for exploring, challenging and questioning your beliefs in a safe atmosphere – an atmosphere that must be free from discrimination based upon age, color, creed, national origin, disability and sexual orientation. We can all agree on that!
Audrey P. Forrest, J.D., SHRM-CP
Adjunct Professor, LCCC