Diversity Chapter 7 The Basics • The world is rapidly being transformed into a global community where the interconnection of information and resources is becoming more important. • The primary focus of getting in education is to open your mind – It isn’t about loving everyone who is different, it is about appreciating their differences The Diversity Wheel Dimensions of Diversity • Primary v. Secondary Dimensions – Primary • Those human differences that are inborn and/or that exert an important impact on our early socialization • We have little control over these things, we can try to mask them but we can’t really change them – Secondary • Differences that are acquired, discarded, and/or modified throughout our lives • We tend to pursue these things because of our interests The “Iceberg” How do we talk about the tough topics? DISCUSSING DIVERSITY ISSUES Stereotypes • A preconceived or oversimplified generalization about an entire group of people without regard for individual differences. • Stereotypes can be positive or negative Prejudice • Everyone has been guilty of prejudicial thinking at some point in their lives. • “pre-judging” a person or group usually on the basis of characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or age. Discrimination • Simply means “to distinguish between” • Socially this is to make a distinction between people on the basis of class or category without regard for individual merit. Hate Crimes • Acts of discrimination in the extreme can lead to violence and hate crimes. • These crimes are different from other crimes in that the offender is sending a message to members of a certain group that they are unwelcome (Siasoco, 1999). So how do we deal with so many different people? DEVELOPING DIVERSITY SKILLS Developing Diversity Skills • Figuring out the “concept” of diversity can be tough. – Diversity is about them, not me – Diversity & multiculturalism are pulling America apart Point To Remember • The United States is less of a “melting pot” and more of a “salad bowl” – You can enjoy the individual elements of a salad bar alone, but the salad is much more tasty when you enjoy all the flavors together! Developing Cultural Competence • Culture – A distinctive pattern of beliefs and values that develop among a group of people who share the same social heritage and traditions. • Cultural Competence – The knowledge of others backgrounds, histories, customs, and perspectives. Increasing Your Personal Sensitivity 1. Interact with people from backgrounds that are different than yours. 2. Utilize travel and study abroad. 3. Enroll in a course that studies other cultures and customs 4. Attend campus events on topics of global concerns.