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Diversity Appreciation. Presented by Iowa Civil Rights Commission. What is Diversity?. What is Culture?. Why does it matter?. What can I do?. What is Diversity?. The differences which make us each unique Recognizing the differences until the differences don’t make a difference anymore

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Diversity Appreciation

Presented by

Iowa Civil Rights Commission

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What is Diversity?

What is Culture?

Why does it matter?

What can I do?

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What is Diversity?

  • The differences which make us each unique

  • Recognizing the differences until the differences don’t make a difference anymore

  • All of our differences and similarities

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What does Diversity Include?

  • Age

  • Race

  • Religion

  • Gender

  • National Origin

  • Disability

  • All of our differences and similarities

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What is Culture?

  • Culture refers to all the accepted and patterned ways of behavior of a group of a given people. It is a body of common understanding. It is the sum total of the organization of arrangement of all the group’s ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.

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Cultural Differences



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First Thoughts

Men Are...

Women are…

African-Americans are…

Latinos are…

Asians are…

Caucasians are...

Gays are…

Lesbians are…

Native Americans are…

Teenagers are...

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Factors Which Interfere With Diversity Appreciation

  • Stereotypes

  • Prejudice

  • Discrimination

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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”.

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  • An irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion

  • Making up your mind about what a person or group is like before you get to know them

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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.

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Attitudes or Behaviors

  • Training involves teaching a person to perform a new skill, learn a body of knowledge, and display a new attitude.

  • Forklift – 80% skill, 10% knowledge, 10% attitude

  • Spreadsheet – 20% skill, 70% knowledge, 10% attitude

  • Diversity – 15% skill, 10% knowledge, 75% attitude

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Diversity Appreciation in a Business Environment

  • Developing an atmosphere in which it is safe for all employees to ask for help

  • Actively seeking information from people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures

  • Including people who are different than you in informal gatherings such as lunch, coffee breaks, and spur of the moment meetings

  • Creating a team spirit of which every member feels a part

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Recognizing, appreciating, valuing, and utilizing the unique talents and contributions of all individuals.

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Iowa Civil Rights Commission talents and contributions of all individuals.

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