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Module 2 Diversity: Living in a Diverse World Delores C.S. James, PhD, RD, LD/N, FASHA, FWMPDG-ADA Associate Professor of Health Education and Behavior
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By the end of module you will be able to: Explain how the U.S. is becoming more diverse. List the different dimensions of diversity. Define common terminology used in diversity studies.
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Overview The United States of America grows more diverse every day. The growing diversity is a result of immigration and the increase in birth rate among the ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse populations residing in the United States.
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Overview Reactions have ranged from appreciation and celebration of diversity to an absolute intolerance of differences. In extreme cases, it has led to violence and hate crimes. It is important for us to understand and work effectively with persons who are very different from us.
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Race/Ethnicity (2000 U.S. Census) Whites 75% Hispanics/Latinos 12.5% (mainland) Blacks/African Americans 12.3% Asian 3.6% American Indian 0.9% Pacific Islander & Hawaiian 0.1%
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Diversity Diversity refers to the differences between individuals. People differ on all kinds of aspects, both visible and non- visible.
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Common Dimensions of Diversity Nationality Race Ethnicity Gender Age Religion Language
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Common Dimensions of Diversity Physical and intellectual disability Marital status Family Issues Social class/status Sexual orientation
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Diversity We encounter these dimensions of diversity everyday though not all differences are always recognized or seen as relevant. Differences between people influence what they believe. It also influence how they behave, feel, and perceive others.
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Diversity Taking these differences into account helps organizations to make optimal use of all capacities and capabilities in their workforce, and thus has a positive influence on both the quality and amount of work that gets done.
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Diversity If managed well, diversity can enhance our lives and bring a competitive advantage to a program or organization .
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