Truth Frequency Radio
Nov 14, 2014 Elizabeth Walsh, The Shorthorn

Ask broadcasting communication junior Monica Wicke what social boundaries exist at UTA, and she will tell you they aren’t prevalent even if they do exist.

“I think we are immersed in a really diverse culture here,” Wicke said. “Being here and being around a lot of UTA students, I don’t think there are many boundaries because I see the intermixing and melding of a lot of different nationalities.”

Today is World Kindness Day, a day that challenges people not only to be kind to those around them, but also to break down socially constructed barriers. Students may not experience boundaries on campus, but business administration junior Jonathan Garcia said they are still present in the real world.

“I think it is going down, but I think there still are boundaries,” Garcia said. “Certainly in the workplace. I definitely still think it’s a problem.”

These barriers can be based off of aspects ranging from gender, to culture and race. Wicke believes that the easiest way to break these barriers is for people to be more aware of those around them.

“I think people need to be more aware and more accepting of everybody,” Wicke said. “They need to be more understanding that people come from different walks of life and we can learn from that. That’s something we should want to learn from.”

World Kindness Day advocates for acceptance through random acts of kindness. While kindness can mean different things to different people, biology freshman Shannon Abraham said it is as simple as going out of her way to help people.

“On campus, it’s the little things,” Abraham said. “It’s as easy as opening the door for someone or giving them an extra scantron.”

For Wicke, it is not hard to give kindness to people around her. She said that by forming her own opinion of someone and extending them grace, she can show acceptance.

Garcia said that by taking the time to listen to someone or even smile at them, it is possible to make someone’s day.

“To be kind you have to mean it,” Garcia said. “You can’t expect anything back from it. It has to come from the heart.”