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RFG ProfEd05 Foundation of Special and Inclusive EducationUNIT 1: Understanding Diversity Prof. Ronald F. Gime, RGC1:00-3:00PM TF
RFG DIVERSITY racial opinions geographic academic/prof background socioeconomicethnic backgrounds religious beliefs political beliefs sexual orientation heritage life experiences
RFG “The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.”
RFG First Impressions Game 1.Sit all participants in a circle. Each student writes one fact about his/her background, interests or history that most people don't know; 2.Participants then fold up the cards and put them in the middle of the circle; 3.The facilitator opens the cards and reads them one at a time; 4.Students write down which person in the circle they believe the card addresses; and 5.Each person then reveals his/her guess and then the writer reveals him/herself.
RFG Why is it important to understand diversity?
RFG “DIVERSITY IS MORE THAN JUST TOLERATING DIFFERENCES.”
RFG “DIVERSITY IS MORE THAN JUST TOLERATING DIFFERENCES.” •respecting, appreciating, and understanding the varying characteristics of individuals •everyone is unique and no single person is a representative of a certain group. Stereotypes and other racial biases/prejudices are damaging to a business
RFG INCLUSION refers to the strategies and behaviors used to embrace the differences between individuals. It describes how much each person feels welcomed, respected, supported and valued.
RFG Inclusive Education is a learning environment where children with and without disabilities are taught together, as equals.