Diversity - Looking Out From The Other Side In

Listed below are some articles which may be congruent or incongruent with your points of view.  One outcome of embracing a different perspective is to gain insight into an area that you previously didn’t consider. Is a moment for learning of have you entered a teachable moment?  As you read through the articles, place yourself in the background being discussed and then take a second to think, what can I gain from understanding this other person’s experience?     Would my perspective be different if I were a faculty member, a staff member, a supervisor, a colleague, a student, or a parent?  These scenarios may be applicable to a classroom, but if you think about the concept, it is probably just as applicable to a working environment.  Whatever your perceptions may be, focus on the skill of understanding and asking questions from the opposite perspective, this skill will help you to gain clarification as well as create opportunities future dialogue.

Similar to a work environment, a classroom environment forces each of us to acknowledge the impact or challenges; we individually and collectively create by not fully embracing diversity.   Each person wants to be valued as an individual, with unique perspectives that are not formulated by a stereotypical assumption.  Therefore people, who are interested in learning or teaching, need to take some additional time to learn about the person teaching them and in turn teach the person you are learning from.  So whether you are trying to teach/learn a new job skill or teach/learn a principle in a classroom, always remember each party has both something to learn and something to teach. The goal is to learn from the other person’s perspective in an attempt to communicate the best way to be taught.

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