What Is Diversity?

583 WordsFeb 21, 20182 Pages
At the beginning of the semester, we completed our brown bag assignment by including important things relating to our lives. After learning what diversity, culture, and the “-isms” of education really are, I have realized that people, who looked most different from me, have turned out to be the most similar to me. The “-isms” of education include racism, classism, gender and sexism, heterosexism and GLBTQI, disability and ableism, religious diversity, and linguistic diversity. One cannot define diversity without first defining culture. At the beginning of the semester, we were asked to define culture based on our knowledge prior to the course. I defined culture as, “the background that a person of group of persons come from; ranging from economical, religious, and social aspects of life with interests in food, music, clothes, and just basic ways of life”. The Merriam-Webster dictionary, however, defines culture as, “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits; and the development or improvement of the mind by education or training; and the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group” (Merriam-Webster). At the beginning of the semester, I labeled culture and diversity as the same thing. However, after completing this course I have realized two things: culture and diversity are alike, and second, human beings are diverse within their
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