Advertisement In Brief Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation are more innovative than homogeneous groups. It seems obvious that a group of people with diverse individual expertise would be better than a homogeneous group at solving complex, nonroutine problems. It is less obvious that social diversity should work in the same way—yet the science shows that it does.
What is your religion? What holidays do you celebrate? What is your racial identification?
What is your ethnic identity? What is your culture? Culture is that which shapes us; it shapes our identity and influences our behavior. Census Bureau, the population in America was: An ethnic group refers to people who are closely related to each other through characteristics such as culture, language, and religion.
From African Americans to Russian Americans, the United States is one of the most diverse nations in terms of culture. Caleb Rosado, who specializes in diversity and multiculturalism, described seven important actions involved in the definition of multiculturalism: Culture is the lens with which we evaluate everything around us; we evaluate what is proper or improper, normal or abnormal, through our culture.
If we are immersed in a culture that is unlike our own we may experience culture shock and become disoriented when we come into contact with a fundamentally different culture. Cultural diversity is important because our country, workplaces, and schools increasingly consist of various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups.
We can learn from one another, but first we must have a level of understanding about each other in order to facilitate collaboration and cooperation. Learning about other cultures helps us understand different perspectives within the world in which we live, and helps dispel negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups.
Furthermore, this diversity makes our country a more interesting place to live, as people from diverse cultures contribute language skills, new ways of thinking, new knowledge, and different experiences.
How can you support cultural diversity? Increase your level of understanding about other cultures by interacting with people outside of your own culture—meaningful relationships may never develop simply due to a lack of understanding. Avoid imposing values on others that may conflict or be inconsistent with cultures other than your own.
When interacting with others who may not be proficient in English, recognize that their limitations in English proficiency in no way reflects their level of intellectual functioning.
Recognize and understand that concepts within the helping profession, such as family, gender roles, spirituality, and emotional well-being, vary significantly among cultures and influence behavior.
Intervene in an appropriate manner when you observe others engaging in behaviors that show cultural insensitivity, bias, or prejudice.
Be proactive in listening, accepting, and welcoming people and ideas that are different from your own.Understanding Human Differences: Multicultural Education for a Diverse America, Enhanced Pearson eText with Loose-Leaf Version - Access Card Package, 5th Edition Issues of critical importance to understanding diversity as it presents in the U.S.
today permeate the chapters, among them: SECTION 4 The Challenge of Diversity to American. What do business leaders need to understand about diversity?
I think some of the most profound diversity we experience in life has to do with diversity of thought.
Diversity initiatives can have important and interesting social justice benefits, but the real reason you want to pursue diversity programs is for innovation. In addition, the benefits of promoting inclusion, respect, acceptance, and appreciation of diversity were also examined in the context of their impact on the understanding that when the potential, capacity, and talent of all members of society are optimally developed, all of society benefits.
Models of minority ethnic identity and White identity development are described, along with examples of ways in which the models can be used as heuristics for helping students to think about their own and others' ethnicity.
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Understanding Our Perceptions of Asian Americans An overview essay on Asian Americans, including identity issues (perceptions and misperceptions, use of terminology, understanding demographics, and the extreme diversity contained within the term.