Here students are encouraged to think about ‘what they bring to the table’. On a piece of paper, students will be asked to reflect, “when I look in the mirror what do I see”. These can be both negative and positive things and students are not required to share.
This exercise points out the concept of diversity of perspectives and ideology. The point should be stressed that we believe what we believe, make the decisions we make, and value certain things because of the perception we have of the world as a result of the experiences we’ve had up to this point in life.
DiversityW&M and Beyond Extended Orientation 2009 Center for Student Diversity - The College of William and Mary
Why are we here? Diversity is important to The College Follow up to regular orientation session Explore different facets of diversity and show the importance thereof Create an honest dialogue about Diversity here on campus and beyond
What is Diversity? If you had to create a definition of Diversity, what would it be? What are some of the things that you think of when you hear Diversity?
What is Diversity? A theoretical definition of diversity: Diversity is the variety of backgrounds and characteristics found among humankind; thus it embraces all aspects of human similarities and differences.
It’s Process… Time and patience are required. Once an individual gains the appropriate knowledge/awareness, participates in the reflection process, and chooses appreciate diversity, an integration there of can result
Appreciating Diversity is a process Understand and recognize barriers along journey Stereotypes Biases/Prejudices Discrimination Racism, and other “isms” age, disabilities, athletic ability, weight Ignorance/Lack of Awareness
The Road to Appreciating Diversity “Watch your thoughts, for they become words.Watch your words, for they become actions.Watch your actions, for they become habits.Watch your habits, for they become character.Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
The Road to Appreciating Diversity Some will say: I didn’t realize that was offensive. I didn’t know that was a derogatory statement. How was I suppose to know? It is a process, a journey… but when we know better, the challenge follows to do better We all learn more as we travel towards appreciating diversity This learning process is catalyzed through interactions, honest questions, and honest reflection
Reflection – the process of thinking, pondering or meditating
Why is Diversity (and the appreciation thereof) Important?
What benefits are there to diversity?
How can diversity be beneficial in the learning process?
How does an appreciation of diversity affect the W&M campus?
How does an appreciation for diversity and experience interacting with diverse groups of people prepare you for life beyond W&M?
Remember….It’s Process… Time and patience are required. Once an individual gains the appropriate knowledge/awareness, participates in the reflection process, and chooses appreciate diversity, an integration there of can result
What’s Next? Challenge to branch out, move beyond personal comfort zone. How? Try something new Looking beyond the first 6 seconds Give people a chance to prove themselves to be likable…you never know what role you will play in someone's life Challenge peers – as simple as asking a question When you hear someone make a derogatory statement, or tell an insensitive joke… Why did you say that? What makes you feel that way? Did you know that is offensive? If nothing else a conversation is started and the individual may begin to think more concretely about the things they say and do and how it effects others