So I think the time has come to use the GEDI metaphor in more depth. When it comes to diversity, accepting people from all cultural backgrounds, this is clearly a GEDI (Jedi) trait. We can see Anakin specifying how unconditional acceptance in the form of compassion is essential.
Diversity is a major part of the GEDI light sabers. Our allies could be blue, green, even purple! The dark side… always red! Now that’s not very inclusive is it!?
We can also see that once Darth Vader emerges, the influence of How Diversity Makes Us Smarter was apparently no longer affecting him. His ability to consider alternatives appears to have left him. By this point, the entire galaxy is no longer a safe space and social justice has become a concept of the past.
So if we can embrace the spirit of being a GEDI, then accepting and learning from diversity (even though it may come with its challenges) allows us to grow and help our students to be “smarter.” Seeing the world in absolutes (black and white, all or nothing, etc.) leads down dangerous paths. Everyone that you encounter has something to offer in terms of diversity of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, upbringing, etc. It leads to a lot of aspects of culture to be aware of, but by showing inclusivity to diversity, we can all grow as a result.
Last semester in PFP class, I shared some of my personal encounters with diversity, and I am still open to anyone reading about how my journey of becoming a counselor has come with its challenges but an amazing amount of awareness, my story.