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Title: Dimensions of Diversity Introduction to Diversity

Dimensions of Diversity Introduction to Diversity
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Officer Standards and Education

Unit Goal I
  • To increase awareness of the various dimensions
    of diversity
  • Every culture teaches its young
  • Every family shares its knowledge
  • All of us are lifelong learners

  • Personal and social identity, expressed through
    language and culture, is formed by this
    continuous interplay of knowledge and learning as
    we move through the different stages of life.


7 Underlying Principles of Diversity
  1. Diversity is an inside job, it is not about them
  2. Diversity goes beyond race and gender
  3. No one is the target of blame for current or
    past inequalities
  4. Human beings are ethnocentric
  5. The human species resists changes, continuing to
    seek homeostasis
  6. Human beings find comfort and trust in likeness
  7. It is difficult for people to share power

  • Our heritage belongs to all
  • Our world heritage is our shared heritage.


1.1. Define the term diversity
  • Diversity is the term used to describe the
    relative uniqueness of each individual in the
    populationthe state of being diverse.

  • Diversity is a set of conscious practices that
  • Understanding and appreciating interdependence of
    humanity, cultures, and the natural environment
  • Practicing mutual respect for qualities and
    experiences that are different from our own
  • Understanding that diversity includes not only
    ways of being but also ways of knowing

  • Continued
  • Recognizing that personal, cultural, and
    institutionalized discrimination creates and
    sustains privileges for some while creating and
    sustaining disadvantages for others
  • Building alliances across differences so that we
    can work together to eradicate all forms of

  • Iowa State University

1.2. Discuss the term human diversity
Encompasses anything that makes humans special
and different 9 reported most noticed in our
  • Skin Color
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Appearance
  • Facial Expression
  • Eye Contact
  • Movement
  • Personal Space
  • Touch

1.3. List dimensions of diversity
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Physical Abilities/Qualities
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Job Classification
  • Military Experience
  • Parental Status
  • Religious Beliefs
  • Work Experience
  • Geographic Locations
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • And the list goes on

1.4. Describe the three powerful trends that
highlight diversity in twenty-first century
  • Diversity became an issue with the development of
    3 powerful trends in our society
  • Trend 1 The global market in which American
    corporations must now do business became highly
  • Trend 2 The makeup of the United States
    population began changing dramatically
  • Trend 3 Individuals began to celebrate their
    differences instead of compromising their
    uniqueness to fit in

1.4.1. Define the Global Market Trend 1
  • To stay competitive in the world market
  • Products must be designed and marketed to meet
    needs of people
  • People need to develop an understanding and
    appreciation of cultures

1.4.2. Discuss the United States changing
demographics Trend 2
  • Changing demographics
  • By the year 2050
  • Less than 53 of population White
  • 16 African American
  • 23 Hispanic Origin
  • 10 Asian and Pacific Islander
  • 1 American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut

  • By the year 2056
  • People of color are expected to become the new
  • In addition
  • The fastest growing age group 75 and older
  • In 2008 48 increase in workers 55 and older
  • By 2025, the number of elderly will double

  • Misc. Statistics
  • One in every 7 Americans speaks a language other
    than English in their homes
  • An estimated 6 of the population is gay/lesbian
  • Persons with disabilities make up the largest
    minority group 15 of US population

1.5. Compare a melting pot vs. a mosaic
society Trend 3
  • Changing concepts
  • Traditional American approach to diversity
  • Cultural differences homogenized
  • Problem classifies differences as inferior
  • New Perspective of mosaic encouraged to be proud
    and maintain cultural heritage and uniqueness
  • Multicultural no distinct culture as American

1.6. Define the term inclusion
  • a sense of belonging feeling respected, valued
    for who you are feeling a level of supportive
    energy and commitment from others so that you can
    do your best work.

  • Miller and Katz 2002

1.7. Discuss the concept of three dimensions of
Global Inclusion
  • The Human Perspective
  • The Cultural Perspective
  • The Workplace Perspective
  • These inclusions capture the basic attributes
    that make us who we are as individuals

The Human Perspective
  • Inclusions that might be detected visibly
  • Physical or psychological in nature
  • Examples Age, ethnicity, gender, physical
    abilities, race, and sexual orientation

The Cultural Perspective
  • Inclusions that are core elements
  • Define us as individuals
  • Influence how we function in all areas of our
  • Less visible
  • Aspects of an individuals diversity
  • Examples Economic class, education, geographic
    location, language, life experience, military
    experience, marital status/domestic partner,
    parental status, religion, and values

The Workplace Perspective
  • Inclusion of diversity from current and past
    experiences in the work environment
  • Examples Your level of autonomy, empowerment,
    decision making authority, and functional level
    or classification

1.8. Describe the concept of the four layers of
  • Personality All aspects of personality
  • Internal Aspects not easily changed
  • External Aspects that can be altered
  • Organizational Past and current experiences

1.9. Illustrate the concept of primary and
secondary dimensions of diversity
  • Primary dimensions
  • Unalterable or easy to change
  • Together shape basic self-image and fundamental
    view of world
  • Form core of expectations of others in personal
    and work life
  • Filters that change and modify lifes experiences

  • Secondary dimensions
  • Important in shaping us and have measure of
    control to any change
  • Serve as independent influences on self-esteem
    and self-definition
  • Influences vary with who we are or stage in life,
    and changes experienced

1.10. Explain Fairness vs. Equal Treatment
  • Many people think that fairness means treating
    everyone the same. How does treating everyone the
    same work for a diverse staff?

1.11. Summarize the past, present, and future
dimensions of diversity
  • Past
  • Present
  • Future

  • End of Unit 1

Unit Goal 2.0. To examine ones own cultural
diversity and how your identity impacts your
relationships with others
  • Cultural landscapes testify to the creative
    genius, social development, and the imaginative
    and spiritual vitality of humanity. They are part
    of our collective identity.


2.1. Define the term culture
  • Values, beliefs, and behaviors common to a large
    group of people to include
  • Shared language
  • Folklore
  • Ideas and thinking patterns
  • Communication styles
  • Similar truths and life expectations

  • The definition of culture includes
  • Body of learned beliefs, traditions, principles,
    and guides for behavior that are shared among
    members of a particular group
  • Culture serves as a road map for both perceiving
    and interacting with the world
  • It is not inherited but instead shaped by the
    social context in which we learn

2.2. Discuss the Cultural Perspective
  • Comprised of core elements that help define us as
  • Examples
  • Economic class
  • Education
  • Geographic location
  • Language
  • Life experience
  • Military experience
  • Marital Status/Domestic Partnership
  • Parental Status
  • Religion
  • Values

2.3. Explain where our cultural programming
comes from
  • Culturally programmed by age 3
  • Born into culture and programmed in our belief
  • Acceptance without question

  • Additionally
  • Culture determines our behavior and attitudes
  • No one is culture free
  • Most cultural rules are never written
  • We interpret other peoples behavior through our
    own cultural software

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2.4. Describe your cultural road map as it
relates to your current behaviors and attitudes
  • Culture can be defined as the body of learned
    beliefs, traditions, principles, and guides for
    behaviors that are shared among members of a
    particular group. Culture serves as a road map
    for both perceiving and interacting with the

2.5. Explain stereotypes and their role in
cultural diversity
  • Misinformation
  • Mental Tapes
  • Mental File Process

2.6. List examples of cultural rules
  • Each culture sets expectations or societal
    rules for expected behavior
  • Cultural rules provide a framework for imparting
  • We learn these rules as children
  • By following these rules we reduce conflict

  • Many of these rules become internalized
    subconsciously and enter our day to day
    behavioral actions. They become habits.
  • Examples
  • Ethics and habits
  • Making friends or enemies
  • Sense of time and punctuality
  • Male/female roles and relationships
  • Manners and showing respect for others

  • These cultural rules are so ingrained that when
    we see someone violating or behaving contrary to
    one of these rules we interpret the behavior as
  • List some examples of these rules

2.7. Describe the strategies in building
cross-cultural competencies
  • Effectiveness across national, state,
    organizational, team and interpersonal barriers
  • Successful cross-cultural players are generally
    flexible and possess a broad behavioral repertoire

2.8. Demonstrate cultural filters on automatic
  • Cultural filters act in the following ways
  • Automatic responses
  • Refer to our mental file instead of information
    gained from knowledge or experience
  • Reticular Activating System (RAS)

2.9. Describe the Cultural orientation Model
  • Comprised of following qualities
  • Environment
  • Time
  • Action
  • Communication
  • Space
  • Power
  • Individualism
  • Competitiveness
  • Structure
  • Thinking

2.10. Discuss the development of Diversity
  • These competencies consist of 4 areas
  • Awareness
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Action/Behavior

  • Recognizing differences as diversity
  • Respect benefits of differences
  • Acceptance of differences
  • Understand historic effect
  • Clear sense of personal culture
  • Understand personal impact of organizational
  • Recognize similarities

  • Factual information
  • Identify differences
  • Exposure
  • Learn
  • Explore

  • Take personal responsibility
  • Point of view
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Conflict management
  • Work effectively

  • Teach
  • Show patience
  • Develop personal plan

2.11. Solve scenario problems on culture clash
  • Class Exercise

2.12. Summarize how culture relates to the
dimensions of diversity model as described in
Unit Goal I
  • Better understanding
  • Recognize
  • Appreciation
  • Point of reference
  • Convey message

  • END
  • Part 1 Completed
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