Working with Diverse Volunteers – Deriving Advantage from Difference. Regional Extension Conferences February 2004. Definition of Terms for a Common Understanding. Diversity
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Regional Extension Conferences February 2004
Differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practice and other human differences. Diversity=Variety.
Systematic way to insure non-discrimination. Actions taken to provide equal opportunity.
Legally Driven Difference
ProactiveAA/EEO vs. Emphasis of Diversity
An organizational culture that incorporates mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork, and productivity among people who are diverse.
Adapting cultural patterns to those of the majority group.
A set of traditions and values that shape the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of a group of people.
An attitude that one’s own culture or ethnic group is superior.
The designation of a population or subgroup having common cultural heritage as distinguished by customs, characteristics, language, and common history.
A socially defined population that is derived from distinguishable physical characteristics that are genetically transmitted.
An audience or group of people that are not being reached by Extension programs.
Diana L. Smith, Extension Agent for 4-H
1303 17th St., Palmetto, FL 34211
Robert Drakeford, Ed.D
2006 Duncan Hall, Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5620
Harvey Gordon, M.S. 4-H Specialty MSU
Box 9641, Starkville, MS
Agent surveys conducted by, Ralph C. Prince, Martha W. Thompson, and Dr. Lionel Williamson
Presentation designed for February 2004 Extension Regional Conferences