Diversity And Children Series – Part 4

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Diversity & Children Part 4This is a series of four posts. Part one is a general explanation of diversity in the classroom. Part two is the role of the parents in teaching their children diversity, Part three the role of the school, and Part four the role of the teachers.

Teachers need to be aware of differences within minority groups without generalizing, different ethnic groups and attitudes. They also need to believe that all students can succeed regardless of diversity and they need to show this belief to the students.

Teachers tend to have low expectations for cultural minorities which are related directly to the generally lower socioeconomic status of these minorities. Socioeconomic status (which will be discussed in the future in a separate post) has a significant impact on the learning process.

They are also responsible for helping members of cultural minorities to adapt and integrate within the dominant culture (not to assimilate) without causing the minority to lose their cultural identity, and the ability to comfortably function in both cultures. The reason so many teachers don’t know much about diversity is that the diversity training programs are optional and not obligatory, and most of the teachers are mono-lingual almost never been subjected to any other cultures

In the future, there will be more and more diversity in the school system and it is up to the teacher to make sure that high expectations are relayed to all students no matter what ethnicity and culture, so that no matter the general stereotypes, students know that they have the opportunity for success.

Children grow up to be the future of any country; they will become what we taught them in their childhood either at home or at school. It is a great idea to teach our kids our native languages, core beliefs, values and our identity, make them understand, cherish, and be proud of their roots and who they are; but we also need to allow them and show them how to mix with others that are different from them, so they can develop an affinity for diversity. Let them learn how to interact and understand the outside world through their own eyes, their children’s eyes and out of their comfort zone.

Teaching acceptance and tolerance of different cultures is not forcing our ways and views on the children, and is not sending them mixed messages about diversity either; it is simply giving them an opportunity and a choice to grow in a more diverse world where they can choose later on, based on their own personal experiences, how to deal with the world around them.

We will harvest what we sowed; as today’s children are tomorrow’s Presidents, Politicians, Executives, Journalists, Activists, Actors, Managers, Parents, and Teachers.

Diversity starts at home,

Sahar Andrade

Diversity Consultant
Sahar Consulting, LLC.
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Diversity And Children Series – Part 3

Article first published as Diversity And Children Series – Part 3 on Technorati

Diversity And Children 3This is a series of four posts. Part one is a general explanation of diversity in the classroom. Part two is the role of the parents in teaching their children diversity, part three the role of the school, and part four the role of the teachers.

Then comes the role of the school and the teachers who also need to be educated about culture competency, especially about the different backgrounds of their students. Leaving the kids in their comfort zone by allowing them not to mix, to make the school’s job easier, is a total injustice to the children who might be missing out on great opportunities to learn from other cultures and become better human beings in the future.

Letting children from the same cultures stick together is subconsciously teaching them that they are better off sticking with their own race/kind. Teachers help educate, communicate, and interact between the children within our culturally diverse schools.

The best approach for the schools is to address the diversity issue early on, and turn the kids’ experiences into positive interaction between each other:
1. Make the children feel confident enough to discuss why the other children are different
2. Encourage the children to meet and play with children of different backgrounds
3. Mix and match the seating arrangements as well as the study groups
4. Use similarities that the children have in common, like all speaking English at school.
5. Expose the children to different international music and songs so they can become familiar with different beats and harmonies
6. Arrange for dances that involve different types of International dances, like Salsa, Meringue, Belly Dancing, Chinese and Japanese dances, Indian dances, Greek dances, Israeli folkloric dances, Flamenco, Polka, Russian dances etc… and explain the differences of origination
7. Let each child show the class a sign or a movement that means something in their culture, as head movement, OK sign, hand movement
8. Organize school excursions to different ethnic museums, and then discuss them in class
9. Teach the children the different holidays and explain what they mean: Christmas, Sukkot, Easter, Passover, Ramadan, Kwanza, The Hindu festival of lights (Diwali), Nairuz the Persian New Year, The Chinese New year, Cinco de Mayo, the African American Heritage month, the Indian American heritage month, Mardi Gras.
10. Have zero tolerance for racial profiling, slurs, and racial comments
Diversity starts at home,

Sahar Andrade
Executive Director
Sahar Consulting, LLC.
http://www.saharconsulting.com

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6 advantages of Workplace Diversity

 

Workplace Diversity

Workplace Diversity

Why should 0rganizations and businesses care about Diversity & Inclusion now?

Diversity and inclusion affect not only the businesses’ people and operations internally but also their customers, suppliers, and other external stakeholders.

The most important key ingredient in this shift is:

A)    The changing demographics in the US. Minorities, now roughly one-third of the US population, are expected to become the majority by 2042. Considering consumer purchasing power in 2013, Hispanics will account for 9.9 % of all US buying power; African-Americans will have an 8.8% share; and Asians will represent a 5.4% share, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) will reach a  buying power of $835 billion by 2013 (as per some surveys)

B)    Globalization, and the changing faces—in terms of language, culture, and religion—of both customers and workers will represent an even more diverse mix.

C)   Generational gaps: The new trend the trend of people living longer and retiring later, resulted in four distinct generations working side by side—conservatives, baby boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y or Millennials—each with its own mind-set, work habits, technology attitudes, and customs.

D)   Increasing number of dual-income families and single working mothers

Leading companies know it’s essential to consistently maintain diversity as a top business imperative over a period of, at minimum, five years before diversity can gain traction and become part of the way those companies do business.  True diversity is not just about the mix that constitutes the workforce; it’s also about a company’s customers and business partners.

                                                                                  

Global Diversity

Advantages of Workplace Diversity:

Businesses are recognizing the need and importance of investing in diversity and inclusion as part of their overall talent management practices and to continually challenge their organizations to make the connection between those principles and their corporate performance..  Diversity is especially crucial in today’s global marketplace, as companies interact with different cultures and clients.  The payoffs touch every area of the business by potentially resulting in increased creativity, increased productivity, new attitudes, new language skills, global understanding, new processes, and new solutions to difficult problems. greater agility, better market insight, stronger customer and community loyalty, innovation, and improved employee recruitment and retention.  The businesses that fail to see the importance of Diversity and inclusion might find themselves unable to attract and retain the kinds of customers, employees, and business partners that constitute our changing world in 5 to 10 years

Among the advantages of diversity in the workplace are:

  1. Increased Productivity: Diversity and Inclusion brings in diverse different talents together working towards a common goal using different sets of skills that ignites their loyalty and increases their retention and productivity
  2. Increased creativity and Problem solving: With so many different and diverse minds coming together many more solutions will arise as every individual brings in their way of thinking, operating and solving problems and decision making
  3. Attract and Retain talent that add a competitive edge to any organization.  Feeling included and appreciated increases loyalty and feeling of belonging.  Language skills pool is increased and propels organization forward either to compete in the International global world or to increase its diverse customer base
  4. Help to build synergy in teams and enhances communication skills that brings in new attitudes and processes that profit the whole team
  5. Applying the proper diversity& inclusion management strategies does not only save money on litigation expenses generated by discrimination lawsuits but is the right thing to do for the business.
  6. It increases market share and create a satisfied diverse customer base by relating to people from different backgrounds.  It does propel the United States and its status to claim its place and success in the global business world of the 21st century

The advantages of diversity& Inclusion embracing affects the base line revenues of any organization and can be the make or break of any business.  Ignoring the effects or the existence of diversity in this global new market will only keep organizations back loosing on all the productivity and most important profitability of any business and its core of existence.

Cheers,

Sahar Andrade

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