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DEFINITION OF DIVERSITY: Appreciating and acknowledging differences between people.

  • Cultural
  • Ethnic
  • Gender
  • Income
  • Socioeconomic
  • Age
  • Religion

According to Dr. Aaron Thompson1, Diversity is important to teach our youth in today's world because:

  1. Diversity expands a student's worldliness. Often times we unintentionally find ourselves segregated from other groups based on where we live, in our schools and towns, and were we go to church.

  2. Diversity enhances social development. Interacting with people from a variety of groups widens our social circle by expanding the collection of people you can associate and develop relationships.

  3. Diversity promotes creative thinking and increases our capacity for viewing issues from alternative perspectives. These various vantage points work to your advantage when you encounter new problems in different contexts and situations.

  4. Diversity enhances self-awareness. Learning from people whose backgrounds and experiences differ from our own, sharpens our self-knowledge and self-insight by comparing and contrasting life experiences with those whose life experiences are different from our own.

  5. Interactions with different people increase our knowledge base. We learn more from people who are different from us than we do from people who are the same as us.

  6. Diversity prepares students for future career success. Successful performance in today's diverse workforce requires sensitivity to human differences and the ability to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds. By experiencing diversity we are enabling our youth to be comfortable working and interacting with a variety of individuals of all nationalities.

At the RE•Center activities are conducted to address the following topics:

  • Stereotypes
  • Racism
  • Prejudice
  • Inclusion/exclusion
  • Diversity
  • Group dynamics
  • Cultural differences
  • Bullying

1Thompson Ph.D, Aaron. Diversity & the College Experience: Research-based Strategies for Appreciating Human Differences. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2009. Print.