Thinking About Diversity and Inclusion

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Thinking About Diversity and Inclusion
October 10, 2011
Michelle Curtain

Thinking About Diversity and Inclusion
What are the dimensions of cultural diversity? Identify and briefly explain the dimensions by referencing both textbooks. Diversity can be defined as “the ways in which people differ that may affect their organizational experience in terms of performance, motivation, communication, and inclusion” (Harvey/Allard, 2009). These differences and similarities are broken-down into two dimensions. “Primary dimensions are considered to be more fixed, visible, and relevant to an individual’s identity. Secondary dimensions are considered to be more fluid, and less central to one’s social identity” (Harvey/Allard, 2009). Primary dimensions of cultural diversity can include age, mental/physical abilities, ethnic heritage, gender, sexual orientation, and race. Secondary dimensions of cultural diversity can comprise of one’s geographic location, family status, income, religion, and language among many other characteristics. Secondary dimensions are determined more by choice and are less visible. Another dimension is indentifying people and placing them into minority groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. “A minority group is a subordinate group whose members have significantly less control or power over their own lives than do the members of a dominant or majority group. A subordinate group is characterized by “unequal treatment, distinguishing physical or cultural traits, involuntary membership, awareness of subordination, and in-group marriage” (Schaefer, 2011). With what ethnic, cultural, or other groups do you identify? Describe what members of your social circle have in common. To describe myself I am a white, 35 year old male. This is a very large group I fallen into, however even with these similarities I have with other members one may see myself not part of this group based on my differences. I believe due to my background...