People’s lives in this world are full of the good and the bad; happiness and sadness, and through it all everyone decides their own destiny and fortune. Life is beautiful but not always easy, it has problems, too, and the challenge lies in facing them with courage. Life is full of moments of joy, pleasure, success and comfort punctuated by misery, defeat, failures and problems. There is no human being on this plant, strong, powerful, wise or rich, who has not experienced some type of struggle, suffering or failure. Everyone brings their own uniqueness to the world weaving a tapestry of diversity. On October 5, 2015, I was fortunate enough to interview Mrs. C. B, an 88 year old Cuban-American woman, who lives in an assisted living, Green Hills, Inc., in West Orange, NJ. For a short amount of time that I was with her, she gave me a glimpse of her life and as her life story unfolded before me I learned how she loved, hated, and even managed to survive and accept all the challenges that life threw at her with a positive heart and mind. She never gave up. “I’m in love with life” said Mrs. C.B with a little smile. A simple answer that she gave when asked about her overall feelings and ideas about the life that she has lived so far. I asked if she could elaborate more on that and in that moment, the little smile grew wider and reached her eyes lighting them and causing them to crinkle at the corners. “The truth is…” she pauses as she places her cane on the side of the table “I
This paper is going to cover my personal reflection of what diversity means to me. I will discuss the messages I learned as a child about various minorities and majorities, and how my views have changed since then. I will also describe a situation in which diversity directly influenced my life. This paper will also include reflections of the common read novel The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates. I will detail how the main characters experienced diversity. I will give examples of how diversity changed their lives and which person I personally related to the most.
Individual Final Assignment- What information about diversity in the United States has helped you better understand or relate to others in ways that you may not have in the past? Have you learned something new about your own racial, ethnic, or cultural history? Trends in immigration will continue to shape the demographics of the United States. What will the U.S. population look like in the year 2050? Why do you think so? What challenges does the United States face due to the diversity of its people? What are the benefits of such a diverse society? How can we foster a climate of acceptance and cultural pluralism in the United States? In what ways do the media perpetuate stereotyping and prejudice? Provide examples to support your
In dealing with the history of cultural diversity, we also learn about the development of cultural traits. Chapter 4 refers to Franz Boas and his dedication as the father of anthropology. Because of him, we now understand that society develops and changes over time due to cultural borrowing. As we take things from other groups of people, it leaves it unnecessary for us to invent anything ourselves. This also explains how America is considered a "cultural melting pot". We have an abundance of citizens coming from all different countries to live here. They bring their own ideas and ways of life. This leads to even more cultural expansion. Boas also found that when we isolate ourselves from outside influences, we are not able to progress and come up
Diversity includes knowing how to relate to those qualities and conditions that are different from our own and outside the groups to which we belong, yet are present in other individuals and groups. These include but are not limited to age, ethnicity, class, gender, physical abilities/qualities, race, sexual orientation, as well as religious status, gender expression, educational background, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, and work experiences. (Queensborough Community College, n.d.)
My school, unfortunately misses the mark in terms of establishing a learning environment that children of every gender, race, and ethnicity can identify with. Posted bulletin boards and other printed material do not represent the large group of diverse students in our school. While my school struggles with meeting the criteria for being diverse and gender friendly, our school library is far from missing the mark. Shelves are full of books that focus on multiple races, cultures, and ethnicities. My school could improve in this area by making the school more culture and ethnic friendly for example, bulletin boards should display different races and genders, posters should be translated into multiple languages, and the overall learning environment
Within the first ten minutes of the most anticipated night on television, Jimmy Kimmel arrived in style with the help of “Game of Thrones’” Khaleesi and her dragon, roasted Republican candidate Donald Trump, and bragged about Hollywood’s growing diversity.
It is imperative for educators to critically examine their own, beliefs and attitudes related to difference and diversity because an educator needs to be able to understand his own values before he/she can begin to understand those of other people. According to Learner Guide Module 3.1, our beliefs, values and attitudes are what we use to make sense of the world around us. (Reflect on own cultural identity and biases, 2016). Additionally, our values, beliefs and attitudes are created based on experiences that have happened to us. Acknowledging these experiences and then accepting that others have had different experiences is an essential aspect of understanding diversity and differences.
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
Today’s society is filled with many unique and fascinating people. Each person has had their own experiences. Some people have traveled the world, and others have participated in marathons. However, everyone is not equal in the world. While times have in fact changed dramatically over they years, such things as racism and discrimination still exist in today’s society.
The citizens of the country have to endure more interactions with people of different background and some who speaks a different language in their daily activities including their workplace. After finishing my college studies back in Kenya, I moved to United States to pursue further studies and what I have experienced is totally different than my previous life. United States is mainly comprised of individuals from every country in the world making it a far diverse country
Militaries all over the world have historically faced problems with diversity, inclusion, and equality within their ranks. The hyper-masculine culture that has been at the core of many military values has facilitated a perspective that excludes certain populations. Women of all backgrounds as well as gay men have struggled through the years for their right to service. This essay serves to explore the struggles as well as progress the Australian Defense Force has facilitated with its LGBTQ officers, and to analyze the current state of equality and inclusion that the ADF has to offer.
Since I started this class, I have a learned a great deal about cultural diversity in the classroom and abroad. My perspective has changed slightly but my knowledge of this subject has improved. In my family, my father taught me about the civil rights movement and the evils of segregation in the U.S. My parents taught me to be tolerant of all humans, no matter what they look like, how they dress, or their sexual orientation. My family has always been liberal thinkers who taught me the dark history of racism and bigotry in this country. As an educator I would be accepting to all race, creeds, and religious peoples.
Everyone is told at some point in their life that it is okay to be different, and should not be ashamed of who they are. They are told that being unique should be encouraged and that they should not hide from it. For this reason, diversity is exceptional. But what happens when excessive diversity divides citizens, causing contentions? Who then can decide what diversity is and whether it is convenient, especially after it may have caused a war? Entirely for this instance, diversity only matters to an extent. It is fair enough to be different, but over-emphasizing diversity can divide communities, citizens, and students rather than unify them. There should be a balance between diversity and uniformity, and one should not overpower another. In essence, a common and ordinary individual should have the freedom to decide what diversity is and whether he or she wishes to exercise it or not.
We live in a society where people come from different countries, they belong to different cultural, religion, ethnic groups, and races. All these factors come together and contributes to differences that make us unique from each other. Hence, a multicultural country with huge diversity. This reflection journal will cover what “human race” is and what role it plays in ones’ personal life and in a nursing profession. Moreover, what bias, assumptions and judgements are, and how to avoid them. Lastly, what caring is and what role does it play in nursing.