Diversity is not just a word that makes us feel good. It is a matter of vital importance to the health of our community. Consider a future where all students understand and empathize with the struggles that face their classmates and neighbors. Especially today, as politics and perspectives often divide our leaders, we must foster community, inclusiveness, and equal access to resources. This future begins with the recognition that our schools do not currently have a fair and just socioeconomic student body. So far, our dedication to this ideal appears to have stalled, despite the fact that socioeconomic diversity is a stated goal of our current board’s redistricting efforts. As a member of the board, I will actively work with our schools to make progress in this necessary area.