Diversity Appreciation. Cultural Awareness. Iowa Civil Rights Commission. The state administrative agency which enforces the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 (Chapter 216 of the Iowa Code). Our Mission & Our Vision. Vision: A state free from Discrimination
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The state administrative agency which enforces the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 (Chapter 216 of the Iowa Code)
Diversity is the mosaic of people who bring a variety of backgrounds, styles, perspectives, values, and beliefs as assets to the groups and organizations with which they interact.
Diversity is the variation of social and cultural identities among people existing together in a defined employment or market setting.
Taylor Cox Jr.
Culture is a shared set of belief systems, values, practices and assumptions which determine how people interact with each other and interpret the world.
The learned behavior, customs and way of life of a group of people
Denies Individual Uniqueness
Places Negative Meaning on Group Identification
Denies Common Humanity
Color-blind Example “I don’t see differences”
Denies Individual Uniqueness
Denies Differences Based Group Identification
Excessive Individualism Example
Overemphasizes Individual Uniqueness
Denies the Impact of Group Identification
Denies Areas of Commonality
Native Americans are…
Police Officers are…
Where do they come from ?
Television, Films and other media
A misconception about an individual or group based on the belief that all people in a given group will act in the same way.
Example: “All …………………….are lazy”.
The act of giving unequal treatment to an individual or group of people because they are members of a certain culture or race, or because of other differences. People are denied equal opportunities because of their differences.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.”
This scale is based on five different ratings of how people respond to others in terms of their attitudes toward differences:
5. Appreciation ( Goal )
You believe that people with a particular difference are not normal and they do not belong in your workplace or community. Working with them, or being around them causes you a lot of discomfort.
You do not understand or are not familiar with people with a particular difference. They make you uncomfortable. You try to avoid them and don’t want to work with them or be around them.
You don’t appreciate people with a particular difference, but you can work with them. You don’t feel completely comfortable around them, but you believe that they have a right to be treated respectfully. However, if you had your choice, you would not have them as co-workers or neighbors.
You are comfortable around people with a particular difference, and value them in your workplace or community. You listen to them and interact well with them. This rating indicates that this difference does not really matter to you.
You consider people with a particular difference as smart and talented, or possessing traits, skills and attitudes you admire. At work or in the community, you enjoy being around people with this difference. In fact, you choose to be around them. This rating means that you see this particular difference as positive.
Living Diversity is the recognition, acceptance, appreciation and utilization of all Human Potential.
The Golden Rule
1960’s, assimilation, “stop treating people badly”
Right the Wrongs
1970’s, affirmative action, created “us versus them”
Value All Differences
Beyond 2000, diversity is an asset, “Platinum Rule”
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