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How do we get beyond the stereotypes? Before answering this, please read the commencement speech found at http://www.uakron.edu/president/co_12_13_03PM.php .

When faced with a personal bias about people from cultures other than those to which you belong (including ethnic, age, gender, profession, religion, education, etc.), what can you do to get beyond the stereotypes that feed into that bias, so you can approach a realistic cross-cultural understanding of the person's or people's psychology?

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Your goal for this paper is to provide analysis and be persuasive.

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What type(s) of heuristic(s) may be present in formulating your co-workers opinion? Explain how you came to your conclusions (support your findings).

Are there possible legal and ethical implications that can result from making a hiring decision based on your co-workers opinion?

After your analysis for parts 1 & 2 (above) what do you think you should say to your co-worker and what would you need to tell him to persuade and convince him that this person is right for the job and should be hired?

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