Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion SOC 315 February 19, 2011 Diversity and Inclusion Cultural diversity, especially in the present age, is evident in most every area of the world. According to Dictionary.com, cultural diversity is defined as “ethnic, gender, racial, and socioeconomic variety in a situation, institution, or group; the coexistence of different ethnic, gender, racial, and socioeconomic groups within one social unit” (Cultural diversity, p. 1). This definition will give one the general dimensions of cultural diversity. Many dimensions of cultural diversity exist, a few of which will be covered here. One of the most common dimensions of cultural diversity is gender. Gender is “In mod. (esp. feminist) use, a euphemism for the sex of a human being, often intended to emphasize the social and cultural, as opposed to the biological, distinctions between the sexes” ("Gender," 2010). In other words, gender is the sex of individual human beings. Male and female genders coexist in almost every society, thus leading to a form of cultural diversity. Age is another dimension of cultural diversity that is typically common in all societies. Everyone ages, male and female of all species on earth, no matter what culture or diverse characteristics one may possess. As people age and babies are born, societies inevitably become diverse in the ages of individual members thus, again creating a form of cultural diversity. Another dimension of cultural diversity deserving attention is one’s ethnic group or ethnicity. An ethnic group is “A group set apart from others because of its national origin or distinctive cultural patterns” (Schaefer, 2011). Cultural diversity is open and evident in the United States, as one may journey into almost any city and see firsthand. An example would be Little China Town in Los Angeles, California. Certain groups of individuals are set apart

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