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Multiculturalism & Diversity: Voice of a Modern Black Female

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Situate yourself in society. Are you part of any minority group? HAve you been discriminated against because of your ethnicity and race? Has any relevant historical event affected you, your elders or people who share your ethnicity? What political and socio-economical events has affected you or your ethnicity?

Can someone help me with this, I don't need names but some answers to the above questions & maybe some personal experiences could help.

I am a Black, female

If you can answer some questions, please post and let me know.

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Dear Student,

I will provide assistance to you by giving you a simulated solution based on the information you have provided about yourself. Now, please remember that this solution is only a guide - which means that you cannot pass it on as your own but work with it to create your own version. I shall make it as minimal as possible - 500 words as you have requested. Before that however, I would like you to remember what Cultural Diversity is about. Diversity in its simplest terms refers to the differences that are many and varied. In a social setting, this refers to the following: Race, Culture, National Origin, Region, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, Marital Status, Politics, Religion, Ethnicity, Disability, economic differences, Family structure, Health, Values, etc. In most cases, diversity is seen to connote multiculturalism (also known as cultural diversity), referring to racial, cultural and ethnic diversity within the population/membership of a specific place or group, whether primary, secondary or referential like in a university, a corporation or business, a town, city or a country. Nowadays, nations the world over recognize that while differences can cause conflict, it is also a rich ground for improvement and source of new ideas for the purpose of development. Cities like New York & Chicago for example find that its diverse population presents a good sampling of the American & global populace. Now, with this in mind, let us situate you in this 'culturally ...

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The solution takes on the point of view of an African-American female who looks into events in history - social, cultural, political and economical that has affected her ethnicity and the manner by which this has influenced or affected her as a member of a particular ethnicity and a particular social group.

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Strategy 1

As companies now look at compensation, many are no longer giving the standard 2-3% annual raise. Rather they are now looking at an associate's performance and the scorecard has now become the major defining factor in raises.
There are many different methods as to how one can be paid. It can be the standard annual raise, comp-time for salaried workers and pay for performance.
Pay for performance is just one of many ways that an employer can increase productivity. Pay for performance is a plan that has a balanced scorecard with an emphasis on metrics, characteristics, and computer skills that an associate must show proficiency in order to determine if the associate qualifies for raise. Human Resource managers are called upon to take the goals of the company and assess a number to them whereby managers will be able to rate their associates in order to see if they qualify for a raise. This scorecard also helps to assist in where additional training may be needed.

Strategy 2
Diversity has become one of the major focuses for enhancing organizational productivity. Associates want to work in an environment where they feel valued and empowered to contribute to the company with their expertise and ideas for the company's success. Diversity cannot be excluded from any company especially since the world has gone global and the workforce make up is of all nationalities, ethnicities, genders and disabilities just to name a few. Diversity policies are now part of a company's mission statement.
Diversity is defined as a strategy for Human Resources productivity in the Handbook of Workplace Diversity. Here are some of the characteristics: (1) increase the numerical representation, of historically excluded groups; (2) empower a diverse workforce once it is in place to participate fully in organizational decision making; and (3) ensure the inclusion of a diverse workforce in every aspect of organizational life (Kossek & Lobel, 1996). The business case for HR diversity strategies links recruitment, selection, development and retention of a diverse workforce to business goals, labor market shifts, globalization and competitive advantage (Yakura, 1996).

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