Please see the attached instructions.
This assignment must be completed no later than on Monday, 9/08/14 by noon EST. Thanks.
Your Pie Chart
The purpose of this exercise is three-tiered: to compare
your own cultural background (African American mother, Canadian father with
Christian values) with that of others; to raise awareness
of the importance of self-identity based on affiliations with groups; and to
consider the influence of self-identity on individuals' experiences in
Personal characteristics (some changeable, others not),
which may influence an individual's basic self-image and sense of identity, may
also influence experiences in the workplace.
Primary dimensions of diversity are essentially unchangeable personal
characteristics (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and
physical and mental abilities).
Secondary dimensions of diversity, however, are changeable
personal characteristics that are acquired and may be modified or abandoned
throughout life (e.g., education, income, marital and parental status,
religion, political affiliation, and work experience). Of course, secondary
characteristics are not completely self-determined; educational background,
work experience, income, and marital status are affected by others' decisions. However, people generally have more control
over secondary dimensions of diversity than over primary dimensions.
Create a pie chart
identifying group affiliations that have some importance in your
self-concept. These affiliations may be based
on any of the primary and secondary dimensions of diversity mentioned or on
some other personal characteristic that is particularly important to you.
Indicate the approximate importance of each group by the size of the slice of
pie that you assign it.
** Write a summary of
your answers to the following questions concerning your pie chart:
What did you learn about yourself?
What surprised you the most?
How does your self-identity influence your
experiences in organizational settings?