Who am I? Well, Im just a normal guy from Kogi State, Nigeria with a Business Administration degree and a very good socio-economic status, nothing special really. But, in the larger sense, I am one unique piece in a puzzle called diversity. I possess unique set qualities and experiences that could facilitate the diversification of my program, The Graduate School, and Northwestern University in general.
As Leigh Goessl (2009, p1) puts it, “only natural people who have varying life experiences and perspectives would be able to come up with unique solutions to problems which may not arise from groups who think similarly,” a reality ought to be considered by every management or organization. For instance, races are best distinguished by distinct physical and logical characteristics from a unique genetic ensemble each population possess (McCulloch 2007). Being a part of a minority, I sure have a unique set of perspectives that could enhance class discussions hence further developing me, my colleagues and mentors to becoming better and efficient leaders of tomorrow. Furthermore, in my more than two years of work experience, I came across situations that required sorts of decision-making and socialization; experiences viewed at another angle, a successful black mans angle, that could be useful inputs for the course. As the saying goes, “good art is art that allows you to enter it from a variety of angles and to emerge with a variety of views (Schmich 2009).”
“Organizations exist to unite diverse perspectives, capabilities, and talents in pursuit of common purposes and mutually beneficial results,” a harder and more demanding fact that is often altered by administrations, as pointed out by Hickman (2006). But not the Graduate School of Northwestern University, one of the premier sources of leaders across the world. With my ethnicity, I could be a tangible testimony of cultural