Understanding Diversity Goes Beyond Skin Color

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Diversity goes beyond simply checking boxes.  You will not hear that on TV or radio, though. It's about creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspective. By understanding and by appreciating all aspects of diversity, we can build stronger, more vibrant communities and organizations.

Diversity is more than just hiring quotas or choosing people based on their race. It's about recognizing and appreciating the wide range of experiences, perspectives, and skills that individuals bring to any group or organization.

Here's a breakdown of the four main types of diversity:

1. Internal Diversity: These are typically traits you carry with you the entirety of your life , such as race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and physical ability. While these are often used in discussions, about diversity, they are just one piece of the puzzle.

2. External Diversity: These are factors acquired throughout life, like socioeconomic status, education, religion, and life experiences. These shape our individual viewpoints and contribute to the richness of any team.

3. Organizational Diversity: This refers to differences within an organization itself, such as job roles, experience levels, and management positions. A diverse team benefits from diverse approaches and perspectives on tasks and challenges.

4. Worldview Diversity: This includes the variety of beliefs, cultures, political views, and travel experiences individuals hold. These diverse perspectives influence how we approach problems and make decisions, leading to more creative and innovative solutions.

Christopher Cooper


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