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Curiosity

When you have an attitude of curiosity, not only do you have minimal interest in learning more about diversity, but you also move from asking simple questions to asking deeper questions. As you seek answers to these questions, you can eventually articulate answers to questions reflecting multiple and diverse perspectives.

In a group of people, there is a wide range in the degree of curiosity about diversity. Curiosity is defined as the desire or inclination to learn or know about anything, especially what is novel or strange. Curiosity about diversity certainly means we have the desire and inclination to learn about others who are different from us.

Research suggests curious people are more successful in working with diverse groups of people. These successful people are willing to ask complex questions and then seek the answers to those questions. For example, some people assume gender identity is a simple matter of being born with either male or female genitalia. If we think that, we miss the complexity of atypical chromosomal development in some new born babies. Complexity grows when we consider gender orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. So the challenge becomes, what meaning do we make when a person expresses their gender differently than how we think gender should be demonstrated?

Your assignment is to do some research and answer a complex question involving diversity. Maybe you will use the example above and research gender orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Perhaps you will research physical and mental abilities. A different religion may be a good topic for you, or even differences in the same religion such as Catholic and Protestant Christianity or the two main branches of Islam. What are the differences between single parent families and two parent families? Please share highlights of your research findings in the comments and respond to the comments of two to three other learners.

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Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

Purdue University

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