Culturosity® Learning Center:  Diversity Issues

Do you know and understand the diversity in the US? Diversity in the U.S. refers to the varied lifestyles, perspectives, and backgrounds of different people. If we can't understand how to work well with the people within the country, it's hard to imagine successful intercultural work. In fact, with the diversity in the US, people have the opportunity to interact and work with people from other cultures without getting a passport and going beyond the borders of this country.

To do this successfully, you need an understanding of these differences and an open mind. And, you need to understand the many ways we differ. Besides cultural differences, there are a number of differences that effect how we think, act, and communicate.

Learn more about yourself and about others that you work and interact with by following the links provided below. Use the list as a diving board to jump into a number of other sites that can help you build your awareness of a specific topic. It is in no way a complete list, and we are always open to worthy additions and changes (email us with suggestions).

Race and Ethnicity

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (www.naacp.org) The NAACP has a Labor Division dedicated to eradicating workplace discrimination. The site provides updates on recent labor efforts and information about the NAACP career fair, a resource for employers seeking a more diverse workforce.

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National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium (www.napalc.org).Programs and resources related to Asian Pacific Americans.

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Center for the Study of White American Culture (www.euroamerican.org) A multiracial organization focused on white American culture. It is not a white supremacist organization or an organization focused on denouncing white Americans. It is focused on self-discovery and education for people of all backgrounds.

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American Indian Culture Research Center  (www.bluecloud.org/dakota.html) A comprehensive site to learn about American Indians, including cultural values, do’s and don’ts of addressing this group, and general history.

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American Indian Heritage Foundation (www.indians.org). Information about American Indian policy, action, and other general information. Its resource section contains a vast number of valuable links.

Disability Resources

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Institute on Disability Culture  (www.dimenet.com/disculture) Its mission is to “promote pride in the history, activities, and cultural identity of individuals with disabilities throughout the world.”

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The Invisible Disabilities Advocate  (www.invisibledisabilities.com) A site for people with disabilities that are not visible and a good source for others to learn about the concerns and experiences of people with disabilities.

Elder Populations

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AARP Research Center (www.research.aarp.org) Findings on issues of the elderly.

Sexual Orientation

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Homosexuality: Common Questions and Statements Addressed (hcqsa.virtualave.net) More than just common questions about the gay and lesbian population, but a discussion of related issues, references, and resources on homosexuality and assumptions about gay and lesbian culture.

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The Advocate (www.advocate.com)This national gay and lesbian newsmagazine site is a great starting point to learn more about gay and lesbian issues. It contains a resource center with links to Web sites focused on subset topics of this population, including law, immigration, women’s chat groups, and so on.

Religion

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BeliefNet (www.beliefnet.com) BeliefNet is the largest spiritual web site and is not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement. It contains a great deal of information on various faiths as well as more general topics on family, inspiration, and health.

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Ontario Consultants for Religious Tolerance (www.religioustolerance.org) A multi-faith group whose goal is to write accurate, balanced, clear, objective and inclusive articles about religion, morality and ethics. A good resource to learn about and understand different religions.

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National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) (www.nccj.org) Founded by prominent leaders in the Christian and Jewish communities, this organization is dedicated to addressing intergroup problems in the United States. Follow its newsletter and programs to learn more about its activities and mission.

Women’s Issues

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Business & Professional Women USA (http://www.bpwusa.org) Focused on women’s rights in the workplace. Provides educational pieces and information on their advocacy efforts.

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WOW Online (www.wowonline.org) Web site for the Wider Opportunities for Women organization, with links to sponsored Web sites and information on current women’s advocacy efforts.

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National Council of Women's Organizations (www.womensorganizations.org) A network of more than 100 women’s organizations.

Diversity Portals

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Diversity Database (www.inform.umd.edu/EdRes/Topic/Diversity) The University of Maryland’s Diversity Database is comprehensive, with listings of diversity topics and issues.

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Diversity Links (www.ed.wright.edu/diversity) Categories of links such as gender, language, religion, and age.

 

Why Be Aware?  Read this article to help you understand the importance of building this awareness. Then, visit our complete list of articles for other interesting ideas and issues.

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