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DIVERSITY - The presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within a group, organization, or society.  The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to:  ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. 

* Source:  Ministry of Education (2009).  Realizing the promise of diversity:  Ontario's equity and inclusive education strategy.  Retrieved May 5, 2017 from http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/equity.pdf.

Multiculturalism is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained in each individual. 

* Source: University of Oregon.  (n.d.).  Definition of diversity.  Retrieved May 5, 2017 from http://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~asuomca/diversityinit/definition.html

How to take safe and purposeful action

Diversity is more than just acknowledging and/or tolerating difference. Here is a conscious list of practices that one can take to value diversity:

  • Understand and appreciate the interdependence of humanity, cultures, and the natural environment.
  • Practice mutual respect for qualities and experiences that are different from our own.
  • Understand that diversity includes not only ways of being but also ways of knowing.
  • Recognize that personal, cultural and institutionalized discrimination creates and sustains privileges for some while creating and sustaining disadvantages for others.
  • Build alliances across differences so that we can work together to eradicate all forms of discrimination.

Source:  Queensborough Community College (2016).  Definition of diversity.  Retrieved May 5, 2017 from http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/diversity/definition.html

Resources

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion: http://ccdi.ca/

Diversity in the Workplace: http://ccdi.ca/

Toolkit that supports an organizations ability to engage and retain diverse teams:  http://hrcouncil.ca/hr-toolkit/diversity-supportive-environment.cfm

Help children explore issues and concepts of diversity:  http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=286&id=2345