The demographic makeup of our United States society has changed dramatically over the last 25 years, and is continuing to do so.
- Living and working in our society will require each of us to become increasingly aware of the challenges involved in this cultural change.
- The changes our society is experiencing go beyond the diversities of race and gender.
Within each culture lies a multitude of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
These diversities, or dimensions, are multifaceted and are a direct result of an individual’s experiences associated with many factors to include: generational eras, social contacts, families and friendships, and the work environment.
- To some, diversity is a buzzword for political correctness
- To others, it means individual groups or individuals are more important than the whole
- For if each part or individual does not operate in relation to a greater mission, or to the whole, the system breaks apart and doesn’t work
- Each is important, but functions as part of a larger, integrated whole to achieve a creative, respectful functionality
Diversity training is a basic component of this quality whole.
- The purpose of this training is to inform and increase awareness and understanding; leading to the development of skills that will refine positive communication and enhance productivity in the workforce.
- Diversity is defined as the collective strength of experiences, skills, talents, perspectives and cultures that each person brings to the whole.