The United States is a diverse mix of groups who brought their own cultures, differences, and values to build this nation. This mix of differences makes our nation strong. It is important to celebrate contributions, heighten awareness, and become more knowledgeable about the different cultures and ethnic backgrounds that make our country what it is today. Cultural awareness begins by understanding what culture is. Culture is the values, beliefs, assumptions and ideas that a people and / or a society hold in common. Cultural awareness is knowledge and essential to getting along and promoting racial harmony. As students learn about cultural differences, they will celebrate what they share in common and embrace life together, united as a human race. Through our Cultural Perspective Program students will gain tolerance, self respect, and respect for others.