What is diversity? According to Luther College (2014), diversity is define as encompasses complex differences and similarities in perspectives, identities, and points of view among members of an institution as well as among individuals who make up the wider community. Diversity includes important and interrelated dimensions of human identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, nationality, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, ability and age. What makes a person unique? There are many things that make a person unique such as personality, signature style, ones’ beliefs, aspirations, and talents.
Nicole Exum Individual Assignment: Thinking about Diversity and Inclusion SOC 315 5/5/2013 1) According to Schaefer (2011), there are four main dimensions for cultural diversity, including; race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. Though with more and more people becoming open about their sexual orientation, and more and more people working well past retirement, age and sexual orientation have become contributing factors in diversity as well. Most of us constitute diversity as multiracial, multicultural, and multiethnic. However true that may be we must not be under the assumption that diversity means differences. Diversity also should include the similarities that we all share, because no matter how different we are, we all have likenesses.
The first part states, “…purely liberal and republican conceptions of civic identity are seen as frequently unsatisfying to many Americans, because they contain elements that threaten, rather than affirm, sincere, reputable beliefs in the propriety of the privileged positions that whites, Christianity, Anglo-Saxon traditions, and patriarchy have had in the United States (Smith 558).” To me, this says that true liberal ideas such as equality to its fullest extent threaten some groups within American culture. For example, many Christian groups in the United States do not support gay marriage rights because this act is contradictory to their beliefs. Rogers Smith would argue
As people and cultures transcend boarders, it is becoming increasingly important to retain a culturally relative perspective in terms of culture. An aspect of cultural relativity is linguistic relativity, which is the understanding that language is a reflection of the culture. This means words cannot be simply translated, they must be understood from a cultural perspective. This paper will illustrate linguistic relativity through utilizing Grace Harris’s definitions of individual, self and person (Harris 1989: 601-604) as means of analyzing Ernst Callenbach’s utopian novel Ecotopia and Western culture, specifically the United States. In this novel United States journalist, William Weston, enters into the utopian world of Ecotopia.
People can be different in many ways, appearance, | | |gender, race, culture, ability, talent and beliefs. There are specific differences between people and we all| | |have different features which make us individual. In a diverse society we need to accept people they way | | |they are enabling individuals to contribute to society. | |Equality |Equality is all about making sure everyone is treated fairly and given the same life opportunities. It is | | |not about treating everyone the same as they may have different needs to achieve the same outcome, to ensure | | |that everybody is treated equally and not less favourably, specific to their needs, including their race, | | |gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.
Personal opinion and reflection of these barriers will be concisely discussed. Concluding this assignment will be a discussion of how barriers between counsellor and culturally diverse clients may be overcome during the counselling process in addition to the limitations of multicultural counselling in the present counselling arena. Culture is valued as “a sociological and anthropological concept. It denotes how people live their lives through their particular beliefs and social practices, including religion and family customs,” (Palmer & Laungani, 2009). Culture affects how people think, feel, and behave in a society.
Multi-Culture Competency Paper Tina Sams PYSCH/535 September 30, 2012 Dr. Gardner Multi-culture Competency Paper Introduction This paper is about the multi-cultures and how each of them will have several different from each other. The individual that belong to these cultures are shaped and influenced by the beliefs, values and the attitudes of the different cultures. Their cultures may influence the perceptions and how people interact with other that are ethnically and racially different from each other along with themselves. Biases, Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs There are a lot of people and that are influenced and shaped by many factors. By being bias, having the wrong perception and the different attitudes and beliefs are what makes each and every one of us different.
Through acculturation, minority groups change distinctive cultural traits to conform to those of the host society. Prejudice and racism is connected to religion and race. Language, symbols, and body language are important parts of culture and vary from culture to culture. Culture continually changes because cultures are influenced by other cultures, which is called cultural diffusion. Many subcultures exist in U.S. society and not all assimilate to American culture.
The build up of racial and ethnic identity in the United States is perplexing and difficult to define. Race commonly refers to distinctions of one's physical appearance, whereas ethnicity refers to distinctions based on religion, food, origin, language, and other cultural factors. Racial and ethnic populations differ from society in respect to culture. “Ethnic identity is not a fixed categorization, but rather is a fluid and dynamic understanding of self and ethnic background” (Trimble & Dickson, 2010, p. 41). “Ethnic identity is constructed and modified as individuals become aware of their ethnicity within the large sociocultural setting” (Trimble & Dickson, 2010, p. 41).