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Dynamics of diversity young professionals


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Diversity presentation by Dr. Tiffany Powell.

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Dynamics of diversity young professionals

  1. 1. The “Dynamics” of Diversity Dr. Tiffany S Powell The Learning Cove, LLC
  2. 2. As you are waiting to get started, write down one question on the post-it, that you have in regards to diversity and park it in the “Parking Lot”
  3. 3. Welcome and Introduction
  4. 4. Walk the Room There are different questions about diversity around the room. While the music is playing walk around the room and read the different questions. When the music stops, go the nearest question. As a group briefly discuss the question and select one person to record the groups’ thoughts. When the music begins again this is your cue to make your way back to your seat. When the music stops you should be back at your seat.
  5. 5. Identifying Our Diversity Who Am I?
  6. 6. Cultural Diversity of Individuals Fickel, 2004
  7. 7. What is Culture? Culture is the totality of ideas, beliefs, values, activities, and knowledge of a group or individuals who share historical, geographical, religious, racial, linguistic, ethnic or social traditions, and who transmit, reinforce and modify those traditions.
  8. 8. Culture as an Iceberg SURFACE CULTURE Organizational Personal Rules Accent Policies Behavior Mission Customs Observed Regulations Physical Appearance DEEP CULTURE Benefits Structure/Organization Beliefs Hiring Practices Channels of Communication Values Appraisal Systems “Why” Perceptions Assumptions Emotionally Charged Communication Styles (Bucher, 2010)
  9. 9. Understanding Our Diversity Dimensions of diversity may be hidden or visible Dimensions of diversity are found within groups as well as within individuals Dimensions of diversity are in a constant state of flux Dimensions of diversity are not always clear cut or easily identified
  10. 10. Diversity: A Paradigm Shift The way we are (human diversity) The way we think (cultural diversity) The way we do things (systems diversity)
  11. 11. Diversity Myths Myth 1: Diversity=Women + Minorities Myth 2: Diversity is a New Phenomenon Myth 3: Diversity=Deficiency Myth 4: Diversity=Divisiveness Myth 5: Diversity is to be Feared
  12. 12. Understanding the “Dynamics” of Diversity
  13. 13. Defensiveness and Denial Deny Minimize Avoidance Blame the victim Call it something else It’s better this way It doesn’t count if you don’t mean it I’m one of the good ones I don’t see color Don’t be defensive I’m sick and tired
  14. 14. What’s the Difference? Prejudice Discrimination Isms (ex: Racism)
  15. 15. Diversity Education Diversity Skills Diversity Awareness Diversity Consciousness Mentoring, Diversity Training, Internet, Study Groups, Cultural Activities, Other Opportunities, Travel, Workshops, Courses, Study Abroad, Study Circles
  16. 16. Diversity Education Refers to the strategies that enable us to develop diversity consciousness. We develop awareness, understanding, and a variety of skills in the area of diversity. (Bucher, 2010) Diversity Skills
  17. 17. The Cultural Proficiency Continuum Cultural Cultural Blindness Cultural Competence Destructiveness _________________________________ Cultural Incapacity Cultural Cultural Proficiency Pre-competence (Lindsey, Robins, Terrell, 2009)
  18. 18. Guiding Principles Culture is a predominant force; you cannot NOT be influenced by culture. People are served in varying degrees by the dominant culture. People have group identities that they want to have acknowledged. Cultures are not homogeneous; there is diversity within groups The unique needs of every culture must be respected. (Lindsey, Robins, Terrell, 2009)
  19. 19. Barriers The presumption of entitlement Systems of oppression Unawareness of the need to adapt (Lindsey, Robins, Terrell, 2009)
  20. 20. Diversity Consciousness is NOT… Simply common sense The result of good intentions The result of some simple formula or strategy Importance of just some of us Simply ignoring differences and treating everybody the same Some “feel good” activity A passing fad (Bucher, 2010)
  21. 21. Developing Diversity Consciousness Take active role in educating yourself Put yourself in a learning mode in any multicultural setting Remember that your own life experiences are one of many important sources of knowledge Move beyond your personal comfort zone (Bucher, 2010, p.142-143)
  22. 22. Developing Diversity Consciousness Be modest Don’t be too hard on yourself if misunderstandings arise Realize you are not alone Never stop learning (Bucher, 2010, p.142-143)
  23. 23. Diversity is Like…
  24. 24. Back to the Parking Lot
  25. 25. Closing Evaluations 3-Words to describe your experience during the workshop today 2-Ideas that you are taking away with you 1-Suggestion or question that you still have
  26. 26. Contact Information Tiffany S. Powell, Ph.D The Learning Cove, LLC, President REAL Scholars, President Email: Phone: 785.477.5264