The following practices are those being used by organizations that report progress in adopting the paradigm of valuing cultural diversity in the workplace. They help to accelerate adoption of change, enhance efficiency, increase clarity and reduce the potential for missteps.
Examples of Diversity Issues in the Workplace By Mitch Mitchell (click here for PDF file) Diversity problems exist in businesses across the United States. Having a strong diversity program in the workplace is a smart idea. It sets the tone for how that business wants to be seen in the eyes of both its employees and the outside world. Diversity initiatives bring people with different backgrounds together, integrates the ideas of all, and everyone, including consumers, benefits as a result.
NPR: Diversity Efforts Uneven In U.S. Companies The United States is becoming an increasingly diverse nation, but progress in the workplace has been a bit slower. On one side, there are companies like Xerox, which have gone well beyond making a concerted effort to hire minorities and women. But for every Xerox, there are many other companies that do little more than pay lip service to the issue of diversity, says Robin Ely, a professor of organizational behavior at Harvard Business School. (click here for PDF file)
What Business Leaders are Saying (click here for PDF file) “Diversity fosters creativity. We generate the best ideas from our people in all levels of the company and incorporate them into our business practices. “While we work hard to retain our current customers, the potential for adding new consumers is in the emerging markets. Diversity is key in this, whether we’re trying to reach men, women of different ages, or people of different ethnicities.”
Frederic Roze, Chief Executive Officer L’Oreal USA
“Diverse teams and companies make better decisions. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, diversity is even more of a priority. It’s critical to our business strategy for hiring, retaining, and developing our employees. They are our current and future leaders.” Debbi Storey, Senior Vice President AT&T
Why Diversity Matters in Health Care By Jan Salisbury, M.S., Salisbury Consulting, and Sam Byrd, ¡Diversity Works!
The U.S. Census projects that by 2050, the Hispanic and Asian populations will both triple, the black population will almost double, and the white population will barely hold its own. As the U.S. becomes more ethnically and racially diverse, there is a need for healthcare systems and providers that can reflect and respond to an increasingly heterogeneous patient base. Knowing how to serve people with different values, health beliefs and alternative perspectives about health and wellness is a business imperative in the most diverse regions of the U.S. (click here for PDF file)
Josepha Campinha-Bacote, PhD, APRN, BC, CTN, FAAN Diversity. The changing demographics and economics of our growing multicultural world, and the long-standing disparities in the health status of people from culturally diverse backgrounds has challenged health care providers and organizations to consider cultural diversity as a priority. The purpose of this article is to present a model that will be helpful in providing culturally competent care. The concept of cultural competence is discussed, The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services Model is described, and a mnemonic to guide in providing culturally competent care is presented. (click here for PDF file)
Anne C. Beal, M.D., Melinda Abrams, M.S., and Jolene Saul Racial disparities in clinical care and health outcomes are a well-described public health problem in the United States. While diversity in the health care workforce is a crucial mechanism for improving the health system's ability to care for minority patients, we should also pay attention to diversity among physician leaders. (click here for PDF file)
Incorporating Diversity in the Classroom By Dr Stephen Jones With the growing cultural diversity of the world, the K-12 classroom has become a critical launching pad for understanding cultural differences. Education about cultural differences begins with the teacher. Today it is a prelude to the world of work, where many students will encounter diverse cultures. It is this exposure to cultures that can bring out a teacher’s creativity in teaching a broad range of subjects. So each teacher must go on a journey to uncover how cultures influence families, government, language and where people live. (click here for PDF file)
Fostering Cultural Diversity in Your School By Robert Kennedy Cultural diversity as an issue wasn't even on the radar of most private school communities until the 1990s. To be sure, there were exceptions, but for the most part diversity was not at the top of the list of priorities back then. Now you can see genuine progress in this area. (click here for PDF file)
Anti-Opression 101 In Anti-Oppression work, the term “privilege,” means a right, advantage, favor or immunity specially granted to one group or class and withheld from others. In the United States, we are often taught to think of various people as “disadvantaged,” but we rarely think about how that disadvantage creates a distinct advantage (privilege) to dominant groups. Often, dominant groups in society may fail to recognize their privilege and how it comes at the expense of others. This plays itself out in every aspect of life – it can be as simple as going to the store to buy a band-aid. Chances are, white people will find a band-aid that matches their skin tone, while people of color will not. Even though it may seem insignificant, added together, these small examples reinforce whom our society is built for – and for whom it is not. (click here for PDF file)
Social Service or Social Change by Paul Kivel
MY FIRST ANSWER TO THE QUESTION POSED IN THE TITLE is that we need both, of course. We need to provide services for those most in need, for those trying to survive, for those barely making it. We need to work for social change so that we create a society in which our institutions and organizations are equitable and just and all people are safe, adequately fed, adequately housed, well educated, able to work at safe, decent jobs, and able to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. (click here for PDF file)
On Eliminating Racism by Paul Kivel Why does Anti-Racism, including Anti-Semitism, have to be one of the components in a multicultural process? Isn’t it enough that we are inclusive and democratic, that we value diversity and are culturally competent? (click here for PDF file)
Developing a Common Language
ANTI- OPPRESSION Anti-oppression is an adjective used to describe the adoption of an active approach toward dismantling systems of oppression in our society. Below is a list and description of various terms used to build an understanding of this concept and approach. (click here for PDF file)
There are so many models and examples within movement work…we have campaigns based on every issue; it seems that there is a different color ribbon magnet for every cause on every car; we can all fill in a hundred words to the end of the phrase “Save the _____” (whales, grasslands, children); and when we want to be involved in change in our community it often feels overwhelming to figure out which cause we will get involved in or which non-profit we will volunteer with.
I often look around and take all of this as an amazing sign that so many people care and so many people are interested in change. I also many times look around and wonder, “If there are so many issues, and so many people involved, then why are we continually having to add more issues to the list and create more non-profits, and all the while increasing competition between each of these issues for money and people and resources?”