According to the University of Oregon (1999), diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. Diversity is needed in all businesses and organizations. The reason diversity is needed is because different perspectives are needed to look at all the issues in an organization. Diversity gives a fresh look at problem solving and this is where creativity happens. In order for diversity to thrive it needs an atmosphere of acceptance and respect. This paper will look at four definitions of diversity and its audiences from: Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), University of Edinburgh, Havering London Borough Government, and Wal-Mart. This paper will also describe the author of this paper’s view on diversity and compare and contrast this definition
Did the Age of Jim Crow ever end? Americans see “race” as a defined, indubitable feature of nature. Racism- the act of ascribing bone deep features to people to then humiliate, reduce, and destroy them- inevitably follows from this inalterable condition. White supremacist ideals, for instance, espouse unfounded ideas that revere the white man and scorn those of color, while also serving as a nonsensical justification for practices such as slavery, racial segregation, and Jim Crow. In “The Trouble with Diversity”, Walter Benn Michaels dismisses the concept and veracity behind race, as if it weren’t a societal issue worth addressing. To ignore the reality of race would be the equivalent of ignoring the plight and shared experiences of minority groups. “The Trouble with Diversity” insinuates that “diversity” is incompatible with the society we live in; this does not mean that people of color should have to encounter racial prejudices, whether in subtle or discernible ways.
Growing up, my understanding of diversity came from watching television and reading books; from these sources, I deduced that diversity meant embracing people with a different skin color or culture from your own in order to realize that they are people just like everyone else. This narrow view of diversity came from the fact that I had little personal experience with diversity. I grew up in a small town, and everyone in my school was either Native American or white. There didn’t appear to be any discrimination based on this difference; any adversity that anyone faced was based on personality differences or family feuds. That all changed when I started college.
Over the past two decades, the issue of diversity has gained growing share and momentum in the overall literature of postsecondary education. The expansion and diversification of the total make-up of students across US colleges and universities has brought about new dimensions to the pool of subjects tackled under the umbrella of diversity. Relevant studies show that the environment on campus have an impact on students’ learning outcome (Astin, 1984), their academic performance (Tieu et al, 2009) and sense of belonging and engagement (Thompson and Caseo 2012, Zuniga et al. 2005, Bowman 2012). Creating an inclusive climate that accommodate the diverse sociocultural orientations of students empowers the institution in the first place and provides one of the core causes of success.
For my leadership rubric I choose diversity. Understanding the diversity of a group is essential to creating a productive organization. Each person brings a history, culture, and a set of beliefs that shaped them into who they are now. These differences should be celebrated, because differences are what help organizations accomplish positive change.
Over the decades, diversity in the workplace has started to become a business necessity. But what does diversity actually mean? In broad terms, diversity encompasses a group of people with different biological characteristics such as age, race, gender, ethnicity disability and so on. However, the true definition of diversity in the workplace is about ensuring that every single person that goes to work everyday have the freedom to bring along their full self to work and it is not just about welcoming but it is about embracing and harnessing the diversity of thought, the diversity of background, the diversity of experience, the diversity in education, and not just the traditional aspects in diversity. Even so, one of the major challenges that
For me, the word “diversity” means a lot of things. First, “diversity” is the acknowledgement that every being, human and not, are not the same. Second, it is the realization that because of intersectionality people that are collectively apart of one group can be different than other members. Third, diversity is demolishment of all binaries. Fourth, diversity is the acceptance of those that are different than you and people you associate with. In conclusion, diversity is a lot and because of this is essential to most, if not all, aspects of life.
My definition of diversity is inclusion of all individuals without prejudice. It is unjust to discriminate against people based on their national origin, skin color, physical capabilities, religion, socioeconomic status, spoken language, or sexual orientation.
Universities across our nation undoubtedly idolize the concept of diversity, speaking of how so many of their students come from different states, countries, and even continents and issuing scholarship to those they declare diverse enough to receive. However, I am not the definition of diversity in any way.
I have realized over the years that a diverse student population as well as diversity within the faculty is a critical element in preparing students for the California workforce. Providing an environment that promotes tolerance for and understanding of difference is indeed a gift. Providing training for faculty to help them understand students in poverty as well as cultural differences that may manifest misunderstandings is an important first step. One of the greatest moments I experienced over the years was when a group of heterosexual students brought to my attention the difficulties one of our new students was having. The student in question was an outstanding IT student who was always willing to help others. He was transsexual and was not
This article introduces diversity in the classroom. A kindergarten teacher explains how she lives in a small rural town in the South and her students are all from Caucasian families. The teacher is introduced to a new student at the age of 5 years old who's family are from Columbia. Eban does not speak any English and the teacher and students speak no Spanish Eban is afraid and feels alone and the teacher expresses the same emotion. Eban is brought to school to next day and his father mentions that he may just need a friend to help him get comfortable. The teacher places Eban beside a little boy name Yon Kim who was very kind and compassionate to Eban. The article introduces Yon Kim's background, He was found in the dumpster by his adopted
Far beyond the obvious ethical and humanist reasons for increasing diversity, the literature is replete with evidence that a more diverse student body or workforce produces creative and competitive advantages while also enhancing a sense of belonging. In social, academic, or professional groups, diversity enhances creativity and competitiveness and positively impacts organizational culture (Surowiecki, 2004; Chavez & Weisinger, 2008). Specific to the context of higher education, research has repeatedly concluded that increasing the diversity of a campus “leads to a broader collection of thoughts, ideas, and opinions…and a wide range of perspectives on a particular issue” (Milem, Chang, & Antonio, 2005, p.7). Chang (2001) examined the relationship
There have emerged many diverse cultures in United States of America as a country. These races are reflected all over in the country including my school, that is, University of Central Oklahoma. In this report on cultural studies and diversity, I am going to discuss and answer the following three questions: 1. preparing a report on my faculty colleagues and administrators; 2. analyzing the current communication practices within my school; and 3. proposing ways to better serve the diversity needs of my school.
I strongly value diversity since I come from a multicultural background and community. Coming from a multicultural community has given me many opportunities to serve as a bilingual resource for families who only speak Spanish. Due to my background experience, I’m a big believer of personal growth through diversity because it creates many improvements in a working environment.
1. There are a number of different methods of teaching employees about the value of diversity. Elmore (1997) suggests that we undertake activities that cause us to evaluate ourselves both as individuals and as members of a group. Additionally, exercises that highlight the negativity that stereotyping and discrimination brings can be valuable. Elmore also suggests that we examine both the similarities and differences in people. Workshops can help because they encourage interaction on a human level, so that some of these lessons need not be overtly explained until the end. This strategy will allow for growth and learning both during the exercise and afterwards as well.