In my understanding, democracy, or a democratic society, is a society where all citizens have equal rights and take an active part in choosing their government and shaping their society. Democracy is both a right and a responsibility, as citizens who are a part of a democratic society should have not only equal rights but also responsibilities to contribute to the betterment of their communities and their society as a whole.
My participation in democracy is defined by different actions. For example, my participation in democracy is defined by my right and my responsibility to vote. This responsibility consists of learning about the needs of my community and the country as a whole, so I can make an informed decision about the best candidates who can represent our needs and protect our rights.
My participation in democracy is also defined by my responsibility of giving back to my community and by providing support to my community. My support is expressed by contributing to the field of education: education that is inclusive, free of injustice, free of stereotyping, and is equity-driven. I am proud to be a part of the LaGuardia College learning community, both as a student and as a Student Success Mentor. LaGuardia Community College contributes to the national movement of providing equal quality education and support to all students, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or other characteristics. Even though United States is known as a democratic society, many members of our country still experience inequity, lack of inclusion, and other barriers to education. Barriers to education further translate into barriers to gainful employment. Access to education and support with successful completion will help our community and our society to minimize a variety of social issues, such as unemployment, poverty, and crime.
I believe that in a truly democratic society, all members should have equal access to and support with educational opportunities. I am proud to be a part of the movement that provides support to all students in becoming educated and justice-driven members of the society, who in turn will further promote democracy and democratic values.