Discrimination is defined as when an individual is treated unfairly or denied opportunities (among others) based on an aspect of their identity. One could be discriminated on the basis of:
While sometimes discrimination is obvious (slurs, abuses), it can also take place in subtle ways (not wanting to be in the same study/work group because of their identity, avoiding or alienating them, denial of opportunities).
No matter what the reason or method, it's essential to remember that discrimination is never okay. Being discriminated against can leave one feeling stressed, unsafe, angry, ashamed, or lonely as if they don’t belong here
If you feel you’re being discriminated against please know
Things you can do
As young individuals it's essential to take a moment and acknowledge our own privileges. Some of us had certain benefits and access to opportunities because of the groups we belong to, access that others did not have. Privilege doesn’t mean that we faced no hardships or did not work hard to make best use of opportunities or to reach milestones. It simply means we didn’t have to face certain hurdles that others did.
Being conscious of the above can help us move towards creating a more just environment.