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Diversity Consciousness : Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures, and Opportunities,9780130491114

Diversity Consciousness : Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures, and Opportunities

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9780130491114

ISBN10:
013049111X
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2010
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

This empowering study on human diversity helps readers develop the ability to understand, respect, and value diversity--i.e., raise their"diversity consciousness" --and demonstrates how opening one's mind to the views of other peoples and cultures is central for a quality education and successful career. Personalizing the learning experience by weaving a wide variety of real-life student experiences and perspectives throughout the book, it discusses topics in a style that promotes self-reflection and dialogue, and uses an approach to diversity that is balanced, comprehensive, well-integrated, and relevant to achieving one's life goals.KEY TOPICS Complete with self-reflective journal questions and interactive exercises, it offers thorough and current discussions on diversity and workplace issues--what they are, their significance, and their relevance to the reader; discusses concepts such as teamwork, conflict management, leadership, racism, prejudice, and communication in a clear and concise fashion; and zeroes in on the relationship between an employee's success in the workplace and his/her ability to develop flexibility in their thinking so that he/she can positively and effectively deal with a variety of diversity issues. A useful guide to raising diversity consciousness.

Table of Contents

Diversity: An Overview
1(31)
Chapter Objectives
1(1)
Our Changing Cultural Landscape
2(10)
Views of Diversity: Assimilation and Pluralism
12(3)
Dimensions of Diversity
15(5)
Diversity Between and Within Groups
20(1)
Diversity Myths
21(1)
What Is Diversity Consciousness?
22(2)
Diversity Education
24(2)
Case Studies
26(2)
Exercises
28(1)
Internet Assignment
29(1)
Notes
29(3)
Diversity Consciousness and Success
32(37)
Chapter Objectives
32(1)
Definitions of Success
33(2)
Sociocultural Theory and Success
35(2)
Why Diversity Skills Are Important
37(14)
Individual/Organizational Benefits
51(4)
Diversity Education in the Workplace
55(4)
The Costs of Inadequate Diversity Consciousness
59(3)
Case Studies
62(2)
Exercises
64(2)
Internet Assignment
66(1)
Notes
67(2)
Personal and Social Barriers to Success
69(40)
Chapter Objectives
69(2)
Six Barriers to Success
71(24)
Overcoming Diversity Barriers
95(7)
Case Studies
102(2)
Exercises
104(3)
Internet Assignment
107(1)
Notes
107(2)
Developing Diversity Consciousness
109(35)
Chapter Objectives
109(1)
The Importance of Diversity Consciousness
109(2)
Cultural Encapsulation
111(3)
Six Areas of Development
114(17)
Strategies for Developing Diversity Consciousness
131(5)
A Lifelong, Continuing Process
136(1)
Case Studies
137(2)
Exercises
139(2)
Internet Assignment
141(1)
Notes
141(3)
Communicating in a Diverse World
144(35)
Chapter Objectives
144(1)
Communication and Culture
145(4)
Electronic Communication
149(2)
Diversity Consciousness and Communication
151(9)
Communication Matters
160(2)
Barriers to Effective Communication
162(3)
Hot Buttons
165(3)
Difficult Dialogues
168(2)
Communicating Inclusively
170(3)
Case Studies
173(2)
Exercises
175(2)
Internet Assignment
177(1)
Notes
177(2)
Teamwork
179(37)
Chapter Objectives
179(1)
Teams Today
179(8)
Developing Teamwork Skills
187(2)
Diversity Consciousness and Teaming
189(2)
Team Leadership
191(5)
High-Performance Teams
196(4)
Obstacles to Teamwork
200(1)
Conflict
201(8)
Case Studies
209(2)
Exercises
211(2)
Internet Assignment
213(1)
Notes
214(2)
Conclusion
216(18)
Chapter Objectives
216(2)
Opening Our Minds to Opportunities
218(3)
Future Challenges
221(8)
Case Studies
229(1)
Exercises
230(2)
Internet Assignment
232(1)
Notes
232(2)
Diversity Links 234(3)
Bibliography 237(11)
Suggested Readings 248(5)
Index 253

Excerpts

Not long ago, I happened to pick up a magazine that featured this advertisement: "Life without technology isn't an option." As we begin the twenty-first century, it is becoming increasingly apparent that life without diversity is not an option either. Our personal worlds are expanding as people and cultures throughout the world become more and more interconnected. Human diversity, in its many shapes, forms, and colors, is an integral part of our everyday life. As a result, each of us desperately needs to develop ourdiversity consciousness:our awareness, understanding, and skills in the area of diversity. Diversity consciousness is important for a number of reasons. It allows us to appreciate and enjoy the infinite variety of people and lifestyles that are part of our expanding social world. More specifically, we will increase our knowledge and stretch our thinking. By learning to interpret events through different cultural lenses, we will be able to think critically and adapt to a large variety of situations. Because of our ability to communicate and team with different kinds of people, we will be more successful at work, school, and in other realms of life. This book is an outgrowth of my personal and professional experiences during the past 35 years. From the beginning, I have wrestled with the subject of diversity intellectually and emotionally. I attended Howard University, a historically black institution, to pursue my studies in the area of race and ethnic relations and earn my doctorate degree. As a white male, this experience radically altered my thinking about diversity. My experiences as a college professor have also been invaluable. For the past 28 years, I have taught students from a rich variety of cultures and backgrounds at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). More than anything, this experience has taught me the importance of listening carefully to my students and appreciating their diversity. It has also made me look inward, into my own thoughts, feelings, and behavior. In addition to my teaching, I served as the first Director of BCCC's Institute for InterCultural Understanding (IIU). Nationally recognized for its work in diversity education, the IIU nourishes an inclusive, international learning community of students, faculty, staff, and community members. On a more personal level, my work with the IIU makes me more aware of the difficulty and importance of making students as well as educators more conscious of diversity and its central place in a high-quality education. Another extremely important dimension of my own diversity is my family life. I am the father of a son who has a disability called autism. My son, as well as the rest of my family, provides me with daily reminders of the joys and challenges of diversity. Jimmy has enriched our lives and brought our family closer together. Because of Jimmy, my family and I see and experience life differently. My daughter Katie, who is a recent college graduate, was asked to write about someone who has had a profound influence on her life. She wrote about Jimmy. "Growing up with my autistic brother, I have discovered more and more about myself and other people. He has shown me that not everything wonderful seems wonderful at first sight. When you have someone so different that is so close to you, you develop an uncommon compassion for others." The aim of this book is two-dimensional. First, it examines the relationship between a person's success and his or her ability to understand, respect, and value diversity. Success, as defined in this book, means to achieve your goals. A second aim is to explore how people can develop diversity consciousness. Subjects such as teamwork, conflict management, communication, and flexible thinking are discussed in a style that promotes self-reflection and dialogue. A wide variety of real-life student experiences and perspectives appear throughout. Diversity Consciousness


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