What information about diversity in the United States has helped you better understand or relate to others in ways that you may not have in the past? I have learned so much from taking this class. I have learned what other cultures and races had to endure to gain the respect from others that ridiculed and disrespected them as humans just because they were different. I have also learned that even though some have worked very hard, they are still not accepted by others. I have also learned that one has to be accepting and tolerant, to listen with your heart, and you could learn many new things like how others live, cook, raise their children, different religions and their beliefs. Even though the United States is so diverse, people are very different, however we all have a common goal which would be acceptance, to be loved and be happy. I believe that instead of focusing and putting so much energy and time in on what are differences are, more effort should be placed on what we have in common. Taking this Diversity class has given me not only the time but also more of an interest to look more into my Irish and Native American background. What I found about the Irish is why they are called “donkey” it was because it was cheaper than hiring a donkey for the coal mines. “Green Nigger” as the Irish were held in the same regard as African Americans. Other names used were Patty, Mick, Muckers, Spuds and Coal Crackers. I also found that when the Irish migrated to the United States of America they were treated with disregard and were disrespected. They were made to be slaves and given jobs at times that nobody else wanted or signs like NINA were placed around town which meant “No Irish need apply”. I can’t even imagine putting myself into their living conditions as nobody should ever have to live that way. I have learned that I can be more open minded, accepting of others, and try to put myself in their place to better understand one’s feelings. One other thing that I learned in this class is that stereotyping can keep ourselves safe or avoid any dangers. I always thought stereotyping people were inconsiderate and rude. What challenges does the United States face due to the diversity of its people? What are the benefits of such a diverse society? I believe that one of our biggest challenges that the United States faces is the language barrier. Age can be a significant difference, for instance, the patient who is a post-war Baby Boomer raised by parents from the Depression can be a striking contrast to the '80s-born Generation X health-care provider. Researcher David Harrison found that time lessened the effects of age in group dynamics but not with initial interaction.12. When the young and the old meet by the patient bed, dental chair, interview table, or reception desk, they must recognize and allow for these differences in all communications.13
Negative expectations about gender roles also still exist in our society, but many gender differences should be celebrated. Women physicians statistically spend more time with their patients and communicate "horizontally," or through their peers, than others on their organizational team, while their male counterparts are "vertical" communicators, meaning they communicate up and down the organization chain of command. However, male physicians who are aggressive are perceived as take charge leaders, whereas women who exhibit the same qualities are viewed as arrogant and pushy.14
Ethnicity is a more unfamiliar concept of diversity that is often confused with race or skin color. Ethnicity is the native language and culture that defines one's heritage of daily norms, holiday observations, food preferences, language, and social or group affiliations. How we define or categorize ethnicity is difficult to answer or find agreement. Some people proudly announce their heritage as both from their country of origin as well as the country in which they currently reside, such as the African...
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