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Snap decisions

The first impressions we have relating to diversity are often snap decisions based on the meaning we attach to the first thing we see when we face diversity. These snap …

Diverse worldviews

When you have knowledge of diverse worldview frameworks, including those based on culture, you can understand the elements important to diverse others including values, assumptions, and beliefs. Diverse people vary …

Self-awareness

The knowledge of self-awareness relating to diversity is, at the minimum, understanding your own identity, rules, and biases. As you develop diversity self-awareness, not only can you articulate your own …

Skill of empathy

A person with empathy demonstrates an adequate understanding of the complexity of what can be important to diverse others. Often a person with diversity empathy can interpret experiences or perspectives …

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 …

Attitude of openness

When you are open to diversity and differences in others, you are open to interacting with them. You are willing to initiate and develop relationships with persons of a different …

Adaptation

The adaptive mindset bridges differences and diversity using a complex set of diversity frameworks and an enhanced set of adaptive practices for navigating diversity. Adaptation is the highest ethnorelative mindset …

Accepting mindset

Both Milton Bennett, in the developmental model of intercultural sensitivity, and Mitchell R. Hammer, in the intercultural development continuum, recognize acceptance as the first stage of an ethnorelative mindset. From …

Minimization

The vast majority of the population minimize differences and diversity. Milton Bennett, in the developmental model of intercultural sensitivity, considered minimization to be an ethnocentric stage. Mitchell R. Hammer, in …

Denial mindset

Denial is the early stage of the ethnocentric way of making meaning when encountering differences or diversity. The developmental model of intercultural sensitivity (DMIS) by Milton Bennett proposed denial as …

Mindset of polarization

When some people are faced with diversity, there is a high degree of judging or evaluating or comparing our differences. Part of the time the judgement made is a preference …

Uncomfortable diversity

I did not grow up in a community composed of different races. I grew up in western Pennsylvania, in the eastern part of the United States. This was a steel …

Getting to know each other

Greetings! I am the Assistant Director in the Purdue University Center for Instructional Excellence where I facilitate Global Learning Faculty and Student Development. Before assuming this new position in 2012, …

Defining comfortable diversity

How do you define diversity? The term “diversity” often carries with it additional concepts and concerns such as inclusion. This means we talk about diversity & inclusion. It is quite …

Perception bias

Perception bias is the tendency to form simplistic stereotypes and assumptions about certain groups of people. This means it can be very difficult to make an objective judgement about members …