A few weeks ago, Dr. Kay was talking about the importance of teachers addressing the diversity of students in their classroom. In class I realized she made a valid point, but never thought of it again. However, last week I saw an article on People.com about Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy addressing the lack of diversity in Hollywood. This made me think back to what Dr. Kay had said in class just a few days before. I also began to think about what the effect would be on the world outside of the classroom if we, teachers, spoke up when our classrooms were not diverse in gender and/or race. We really do have more power than we credit ourselves for sometimes. We can make big impressions on the little minds we are privileged to shape. We need to make sure that we are taking advantage of this to make a positive impact in the world, that will one day go beyond just us. As teachers we can not only teach our students about diversity and the importance of diversity, but we can also model diversity for our students. To model, we can be inclusive in the images we use, examples we give, and the words we speak towards others. Our students will one day be the ones in Hollywood and the ones shaping the workforce. When they are in these positions of power, we want them to be the ones speaking up for diversity in the workplace, because they saw how beautiful diversity is in their elementary classroom. We all come from different backgrounds and we all have something unique to contribute. We as teachers, need to be the ones who see and value the unique characteristics of every student.