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Diversity: personal views and experience

a) How would you describe yourself in terms of diversity? For example, what characteristics make you different from others? Consider your classmates' responses and discuss the similarities and differences.

b) Define hidden dimensions of diversity. Which dimensions do you try to keep hidden from most people? Why?

c) What are some of the various components of diversity you see with members of your family? How do you feel about those components?

d) List one or two of your own superficial characteristics. Have you been judged based on these characteristics? If so, how?

e) In what ways have you judged people based upon their superficial characteristics? How did they respond to your judgment? List one or two ways you can avoid making these judgments in future interactions.

f) How are dimensions of diversity constantly changing? Provide at least two examples. Be sure to consider the situation and with whom you are interacting.

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These are personal questions. One approach to help you with these questions, that are personal, is address each question and give you suggestions to help you with your final copy. This is the approach this response takes.

RESPONSE:

a) How would you describe yourself in terms of diversity? For example, what characteristics make you different from others? Consider your classmates' responses and discuss the similarities and differences.

There are different types of diversity to consider (this question deals with the first) including: social (differences in gender, ethnicity or nationality), informational (unique knowledge base), and value (differences in what individuals find important) (Jehn, Northoraft & Neale, 1999, cited in Doublestein, 2006).

Social diversity is often referred to as superficial diversity, while informational and value diversity are considered 'deep-level' diversity factors. Superficial diversity is the easiest to identify and categorize individuals according to these superficial characteristics (i.e. color of your eyes, skin or hair indicating race; age, physical disability, race, religion, culture, gender, and so on) or the characteristics that are only skin-deep. Conversely, deeper-level diversity must identify people according to "differing knowledge (they might know something that others don't), experiences (different experiences foster different responses) and values (personal, as to how they view the world as compared to [others])" (Doublestein, 2006)
This question is straightforward, as you need to describe yourself in terms of these superficial characteristics (i.e. color of your eyes, skin or hair indicating race; age, physical disability, race, religion, culture, gender, and so on). For example, you might be a young adult, female, Caucasian with a Ukrainian cultural background and Roman Catholic. ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides advise in tackling the listed problems (see items a to f above) in relation to topics under the umbrella of diversity and ethnic relations from personal experience and perspective.

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