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Full Spectrum Diversity and Affirmative Action

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1. What is full spectrum diversity, and how does it differ from affirmative action?

2. In your opinion, are stereotypes in the media assisting or detracting from the cause of diversity and/or assimilation? In your opinion, what is the effect of media portrayal on promoting diversity consciousness in the workplace?

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I am going to assume that you are already familiar with the necessary concepts and terms related to social diversity - concepts like culture, multiculturalism, equality, religion, gender, age, social conflict and ethnicity as they relate to the idea of a diversified nation/society. The solution is written following the APA-format and is in the form of the essay divided into 2 sections to correspond with the 2 questions in the original post. Thank you for using Brainmass.

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Full Spectrum Diversity vs. Affirmative Action

In the social sciences, diversity refers to varied aspects of the social world that makes each individual member similar and yet different from each other. It refers to belief systems, gender, ethnicity and racial make-up, age group, social class, political and social affiliations and all the other traditions/groups & social conditions that people are a part of or fervently follow. If you think of America, the American people cannot just be represented by one race, one social class. The American people are diverse because we follow varied religions, we have different ethnic and social make-up, we have varied social and political affiliations and we all belong to different social classes from the poorest to the richest. What makes us 'American' are our shared traditions and citizenship which, when pulled together, bridges our differences as part of our unique identities. Now, when we speak of Full Spectrum Diversity, we refer to an organizational concept and tool that helps organizations and groups make the most of the differences of their members. These days, it is almost instant to equate culture and race/ethnicity to the world diversity. But while cultural and ethnic diversity are important issues in organizational management, Full Spectrum diversity recognizes that we are different from each other in many more ways than just our culture and our ethnicity - there ...

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The solution provides a comprehensive and concise discussion of the meaning and application of full spectrum diversity and its difference from affirmative action. Additionally, the positive and negative influence of the media is also discussed in relation to the stereotypes formed affecting diversity and assimilation from an organization perspective. The solution is in the form of an essay following the APA-format. References are provided.