As we prepare for Cultural Connection Week (April 29–May 3) here in the community, the news from Sri Lanka
this past Sunday weighs heavily on me. Because another way that we often come together as a global community is when there is a sudden large loss of life. Two of my dearest friends are Sri Lankan, and my heart is broken for them, their families, and their communities as they grieve.
While it's natural to feel empathy and sadness and confusion (and more) after a mass tragedy, we can also be proactive: we can recommit to building our intercultural understanding. I'm hopeful that as we celebrate our global diversity, we "create connections and cultivate respect." (See Racism. No way!
's overview of intercultural understanding
.) I'm grateful for the amazing Coursera community we've created here. Let's keep learning from each other.