In its history, Indonesia and diversity have been two things that cannot be separated. Indonesian living in the archipelago, with their geographical wealth, mutually adapted to create a diversity of tribes, languages , and cultures. Not to mention, the influx of people from outside the geographical area provides social and cultural impacts for existing communities, both in the form of religion, customs, and other forms of culture.
This did not dampen the role of the educated, especially the youth, to realize the desire for Indonesian unity. Starting from the establishment of Boedi Oetomo in 1908 as well as the events of the Youth Congress in 1928, they identified themselves as the same nation, that is to say the Indonesian Nation, without seeing diversity as a barrier to the fabric. The peak was when Indonesia declared its independence by carrying out the spirit of Unity in Diversity which is based on the spirit to respect the rights and obligations of each of its citizens.
University and diversity
A University, an academic community, should be able to create a climate for diversity to be encouraged, even celebrated. Looking at the role and purpose of its establishment, the university is a place for the community to develop itself, knowledge, and society.
It is hoped that members of higher education institutions will be able to become people with wisdom, open-minded to the differences that exist in society. More importantly, they are expected to be able to spread that enthusiasm to others in order to recreate tolerant communities.
Parahyangan Catholic University (Unpar) understands the importance of maintaining diversity in the process of higher education. An Unpar environment that is full of diversity, present in the midst of Sundanese society with its noble culture, creates an atmosphere similar to ‘mini Indonesia’. In the midst of society, Unpar is an oasis, where diversity is not only preserved, but also rooted, growing, and developing.
Unpar welcomes the presence of academicians from all over Indonesia, along with their various backgrounds. This is in accordance with the principle of universality that Unpar has been applying since its founding 63 years ago.
Unpar upholds the value of diversity as one of its basic values. For Unpar, the value of diversity or plurality bears a close relationship with the truth, an achievement that demands to be obtained in the process of higher education. Therefore, since first setting on foot at the Orange Campus, Unpar students have been introduced to the spirit of plurality, respecting the diversity created in the academic and social environment of the university.
Issues related to diversity have now become matters widely debated among Indonesian people. In response to this phenomenon, Unpar voiced its attitude regarding diversity through celebrations titled Humanifesta.
The event which coincided with the Sumpah Pemuda (Youth Pledge Day) on Sunday (10/28/2018) was hosted by Denny Chandra and Nadira, performances of traditional arts and songs by the Traditional Art Club (Listra) and the Student Choirs (PSM Unpar), poetry readings by Acep Zamzam Noor, as well as a guest star invited from the Suara Parahyangan Group (KSP) Band.
The highlight of the Humanifesta event was marked by the reading of the “Manifesto of Unpar” by representatives of the university senate, lecturers, employees, and Student Unity (PM) Unpar. This manifesto is a concrete manifestation of Unpar’s attitude as an academic society that upholds diversity as part of Indonesia’s identity. Even though it was accompanied by rain, the community was enthusiastic about participating in a series of events that were full of celebrations for diversity.
Through Humanifesta, Unpar celebrates the diversity of Indonesia contained in its academic community. Unpar’s humanitarian party was presented with the spirit of Unity in Diversity. Unpar, an “oasis of diversity” in the form of a mini-Indonesia, is determined to continue to spread the spirit of unity in Indonesian society.
Source: Kompas Griya Ilmu (Tuesday, November 6, 2018)