Thinking About Diversity and Inclusion


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Apply critical-thinking skills to answer the following questions in a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper, based on this week's readings.

  • What are the dimensions of cultural diversity? Identify and briefly explain the dimensions by referencing the text.
  • With what ethnic, cultural, or other groups do you identify? Describe what members of your social circle have in common. (im white, christian, with wife and kids... )
  • What is the difference between diversity and inclusion?
  • What is the importance of workplace diversity training?
  • What is your experience with workplace culture? Could there be, or could there have been, more inclusion?

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Thinking About Diversity and Inclusion




Thinking About Diversity and Inclusion
Dimensions of Cultural Diversity
Cultural diversity is about those characteristics that define one culture different from
another, away from dressing, language and physical looks. These differences are referred to as
being the dimensions upon which culture is based upon to confer individual characteristics that
allow it to provide the needed guidance to social issues. They include power distance index,
individualism vs. collectivism, uncertainty avoidance index, masculinity vs. femininity, longterm orientation vs. short-term orientation, and indulgence vs. restraint. These dimensions
provide culture with those individual differences that allow it to direct its members towards a
particular way of doing things (Grimes & Richard, 2003). For example, power distance index
(PDI) provide for the different inequality status between individual members our groups within
the society. This helps in understanding how society, through its culture, defines its leadership
and the hierarchical system that provides for governance, respect, and acceptance.
Bouncken (2004) points to the fact that dimensions like individualism vs. collectivism
and masculinity vs. femininity provide the baseline upon which such a community can find
social relevance. Every society is structured according to its ability to influence relationships and
acceptance of such relationships. These are value-based attributes that provide each member of
the society with space within which to belong. Other dimensions provide functionality in

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