Diversityis the aspect or the state of people being different in differentways and perspectives of viewing. Diversity involves the state ofpeople being multi-varied as per the different aspects of life thatare being considered. According toPincus (2011), diversityis the social aspect of being diverse in terms of the social,cultural and demographic factors that define a person. To extensivelydescribe diversity in different ways, I will explore two majoraspects of diversity cultural diversity and functional diversity.
Culturaldiversity is the characteristic of people being culturally different,with diverse aspects of cultural practices. In this perspective,people have cultural backgrounds that reflect their uniqueness. Thiscultural uniqueness identifies people differently when compared withother people from different cultures. In this regard, culturaldiversity makes people from different cultures to be unique in theirown way (Andersen& Taylor, 2007).Similarly, functional diversity is the term used to describe thedifferences in the abilities of people based on their physique. Theterm is sometimes used to refer to people with different specialneeds and impairments such as handicap features. This gives a sensethat people are different and have different abilities to carry outcertain functions.
Encouragingpeople to Honor Diversity
Toencourage people to honor the uniqueness of each and everyindividual, I first take the time to describe to them what diversitydoes. According to Cross (2000), this helps people to understand theessence of diversity among people. I normally describe the diversityby discussing the definition above and explain to people that itsdiversity that defines each and every person’s uniqueness. As aresult of understanding diversity, people around me comprehend theimportance of appreciating the fact that we are created differentlyand with different abilities. According to Pincus (2011), thedifferences are the bases of our uniqueness. Therefore, I ampassionate about talking to people about the importance ofappreciating the uniqueness of each and every person.
Inaddition, I teach people to take the uniqueness of every other personas strength rather than as a weakness. This gives people a differentview of the other person, in light of the spirit of positivediversity. This is because such a view helps people to look at othersin a positive way rather than from a negative way. This workseffectively to encourage people to honor the uniqueness of eachindividual. The most significant way to encourage people in thismanner is to challenge them to view the strength in the other personas the thing that makes that person different from others (Andersen& Taylor, 2007).I encourage people by telling them that I view other people based onwhat they can do better than me, rather than focusing on what I cando better than them. This reduces the negative aspect of diversityand introduces it as strength in every person.
Atthe same time, I encourage people to honor the uniqueness of eachother in order to promote unity in the world. This works by creatinga sense of unity among people, despite their diverse cultural,functional and social backgrounds (Cross, 2000). I am able to achievethis by creating a feeling that unity is a mandatory aspect of lifethat is a necessity in any human endeavor. I therefore explain thatunity only exists where there are elements of life that are notsharing the common origin. This is the fact with life, as each andevery person does not share a completely same origin or uniquenesswith each other. Therefore, to achieve unity and progress in life, itis inevitable to honor the uniqueness of the other person.
Ichallenge stereotypes by focusing on the universality of human beingsas the one thing that makes all people human. I normally take theconcept of people being a universal race that does things in asimilar way, despite differences in strengths and weaknesses. Thishelps to beat the stereotypes that are placed on people from certainraces, communities, ages or countries (Cross, 2000). For instance, Itake that all people are bright and intelligent, despite havingvariations in the strengths and weaknesses in the achievements thatpeople make. Therefore, the view that some races are more intelligentthan others, or people from certain countries are foolish or slow,does not cross my mind. And if it does, then it means that all humanbeings are, because of my belief in the universality of human traits.
Topromote sensitivity and inclusion, I always consider the feelings ofthe other person as if it was me. I make this consideration, everytime I am making a decision about the other person, or when actingabout the other person. I always ask myself, “what if it was me?”This question helps me to encourage other people to do the same andput themselves in the shoes of the other individual. As a result,people treat others the way they would like to be treated. This way,I am able to promote inclusion and promote sensitivity. Therefore, Iam able to prevent any thoughts of negative application of diversity,and encourage other people to embrace the same views. I alwaysencourage people to believe that if we all do this the world wouldbe a more cohesive and better place for all people.
Cross,E. (2000).  ManagingDiversity–the Courage to Lead.SantaBarbara:Greenwood Publishing Group.
Pincus,F. (2011). UnderstandingDiversity: An Introduction to Class, Race, Gender, SexualOrientation, and Disability.Boulder: Lynne Rienner
Andersen,M., & Taylor, H. (2007). Sociology:Understanding a Diverse Society, Updated.London: Cengage Learning