Diversity Summary Paper

timer Asked: Feb 24th, 2016

Question description

This is the Template that is to be used for this essay. 

Introduction (5 pts)

In this section, introduce the project and its purpose and give an overview of the other sections that will be included.

Diversity Summary & Reflection Topics  (80 pts)

(Gender, Race, Age)

For each of these topics, include the following.

·  Key points from each related presentation.

o  Info on interviewee

o  Summary of points

·  Any new insights, beliefs, attitudes that you have developed after hearing these presentations.

·  What you can do to be more effective based upon what was presented. (If nothing, briefly explain why.)

Summary & Conclusion (15 pts)

Include a brief summary of what was discussed in previous sections and a reaction to the value of the project for you personally. Was it worthwhile? Why?

Headings to Be Included in the Paper

·  Introduction

·  Summary & Reflection on Diversity Presentations

o  Gender (+ 2 more)

§  Key Points

§  New Insights, Beliefs, Attitudes

§  Being More Effective Dealing with Age

·  Summary & Conclusion

o  Summary of the Above Sections

o  Value of the Project

******** This what I have so far *******


The main objective of the diversity presentations, the first is to to provide an opportunity for students to interact with individuals who are different from you in a meaningful way to better understand their perspectives. The second is to supplement the discussion of diversity taking place in class. Lastly, having a diverse group of interviewees is a great way to understand their uniqueness and diverse background. Those differences consist of race, gender and age which all play a vital role in diversity.

Summary & Reflection on Diversity Presentations

(Robert Magana) Gender: Male & Female

I, Robert Magana covered the topic female gender for the diversity presentation but accidentally covered both male and female, sorry for the mistake. I chose to interview Janai and Chris, they are both going to college and 22 years-old. Janai works as a high-school advisor at Frazier High and Chris works as a chemistry tutor at Bakersfield College.  When asked what do you wish others knew about people who are male or female? Janai, wished females were seen as their own individual and can be independent. She thinks society doesn’t give enough credit to females due to the stereotype that a male must support women because women can’t support themselves without a male in the picture. She also brought up that women can also be breadwinners and are fully capable of supporting a family with their income. When I asked Chris this question, his response was different, which is expected and he couldn’t stress enough that males have emotions. He mentioned that all males have emotions and that society expects males to be these tough, emotionless robots that don’t show weakness. He knows deep down by holding your emotions in is never healthy for a person. He also talked about men being a handy man and feels that not all men enjoy fixing things just because men are usually obligated to step up and do it in society. The second question I asked them was, what challenges have you faced because you are male or female? Janai said she has always been see as less than a male in her life, when around her male friends or co-workers she would be told she couldn’t complete a certain task because she is a female. Secondly, her dad gave her little to no freedom growing up and even now her dad is strict because she is female. When Chris was asked this question he mentioned that he always feels pressured to act masculine, be the initiator in relationships and to have a lot of money in order to support a female. When I asked them what changes would you like to see in society given your experiences? Janai would like to see males and females to be held at the same standard and would love for females to have better chance at higher paid professions in a company. Chris would like gender roles to be destroyed and would love if males had lower expectations from society. Having the chance to interview both Janai and Chris was definitely a great experience because they provide insights that I normally don’t think about in life. After hearing Janai’s experience as a woman, I’ve always had an idea that females aren’t treated the same as males and don’t gain the same respect in certain situations, but have never thought about how that affects them in their lives. Janai, shared her struggles with me and I honestly forgot how much females are discriminated in the workplace. Thinking back at companies I worked for and even now where I currently work, now I do realize that aren’t a lot of female mangers or executives in the workplace. The workplace needs more female executives if you ask me, I think it would be nice but the problem is females have children which set them back from promotions or higher position jobs which is unjust to me and only way they can break the glass ceiling is if they decide give up starting a family and maybe even remain single until they make it. The biggest change I would like to see for females in the workplace, is for companies to have better understanding that women bare children which is big road block for the road for success, so I would like to see polices established to protect a woman’s road to success. After hearing Chris’s experience as male, I can relate a little more to him since I am a male and thought it was neat to here his side of the story about being a male in society. What I gained from Chris’s perspective was we shouldn’t limit each other based on gender and we as society should be open minded for change. Gender roles are dying slowly but they are still a big problem in certain situations, and because I am a male I do feel the pressure with having greater expectations from parents, family, friends and society in general. Those expectations consist of having a well paying job in order to provide for a potential wife or kids and to be the main source of income and to work long hours. I believe there is nothing wrong with a man not making as much as there partner or if he chooses to work less hours in order to spend more time with his kids. It’s rare to see this happen because males might feel discouraged, or feel less like a man if this was the case. There is nothing wrong with this situation in my opinion but because stereotypes are heavily believed in the United States, people really never think about this choice.

(Brittany Garcia) Gender: Male

Brittany Garcia chose to interview Jacob and Eric for her gender presentation on males. Jacob is majoring in chemistry, is 21 years-old and works at petroleum club as a server assistant. Eric is majoring in biology, is 29 years old and previously worked at TA but is now unemployed. When she asked them what challenges they faced because they are male? Jacob mentioned, he was told to hold in his emotions and crying doesn’t solve anything in life. He was always told to never ask for help unless it’s last resort and faces challenges with the “friendship zone”. Eric mentioned, he has to keep constant image of being an ideal man and has a mentality of not showing any weaknesses. When she asked them what is expected out of males? Jacob mentioned, men have to work in the back, men are labeled as protectors and have expectations for paying for dates, walking on the side closest to the street. Eric mentioned, men are also expected to be protector, physically strong in relationship in order for it to last. Men are expected to work more dangerous jobs, do the dirty work and are expected to propose for marriage. The net question she asked them was, what do you wish others knew about people who are males? Jacob brought up that, the whole “nice guys finish last” is not true at all and if males chose not to fight back in certain situations, that doesn’t label as weakling. Eric brought up, some men are uncomfortable to talk about their feelings in certain situations and that guys get sexually harassed but are scared to bring it up. When asked about the changes they would like to see in society, they both introduced that society in general shouldn’t be bias and that we should find ways to diminish gender bias. Another topic they touched up on was for people to stop assuming that all men are these aggressive monsters that think about sex 24/7. After hearing Brittany’s presentation and completing my gender presentation I learned that Chris, Jacob and Eric all desire to share their feelings but are too scared too because the label that is put on males in society. It provides me with more confidence knowing that I’m not alone when comes to expressing my feelings. In the past, I’ve always bottled up my emotions because I didn’t want to be label as a “little girl” but growing up I realized that there is nothing wrong with human beings expressing their emotions regardless if your male or female. After hearing the interviews experience, it help me to see a side of men that you normally don’t hear about and now when I see a man acting sensitive, I wont label them as being a “little girl” or don’t expect them to be this masculine person society labels them as.

(Karla Moreno) Race

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