Cultural Diversity and You

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· Write a 5-page essay describing, examining, and reflecting upon a personal cultural diversity encounter.

Introduction

Understanding cultural diversity from a sociological perspective first requires understanding the concepts and theoretical frameworks that guide sociological thinking. Cultural diversity encompasses a variety of social categories, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social class, age, and physical or mental disability. Sociologists examine these categories at both the micro level (how they affect or are affected by individuals) and at the macro level (how they impact society as a whole).

In this assessment, you practice making connections between the micro and macro levels by examining how your personal experiences or observations connect to broader issues related to diversity in American culture. For example, if you have observed or experienced firsthand a situation involving prejudice, stereotypes, or discrimination in the workplace, consider not only how that situation relates to broader patterns or trends in the workplace but also to specific theories of diversity within the field of sociology. By placing your personal observations and experience in the context of the society in which you live, you will be thinking like a sociologist and practicing your sociological imagination.

Demonstration of Proficiency

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:

· Competency 1: Describe theoretical ideas of power in relation to policy.

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Connect a personal experience to sociological concepts of power.

. Competency 3: Analyze the effects of social policy using aggregated data.

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Analyze data to make valid sociological inferences.

. Competency 4: Analyze how laws are applied or created based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and social class.

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Analyze how laws or policies are applied to a diversity issue.

. Competency 5: Apply diversity strategies in professional, educational, and personal contexts.

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Apply strategies for addressing a cultural diversity issue.

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Discuss personal characteristics or experiences that might account for feelings or reactions involving a diversity issue.

. Competency 6: Communicate effectively.

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Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format and with few errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics.

 

Instructions

Reflect on an instance when you or someone else were unfairly excluded, discriminated against, or otherwise neglected or treated inappropriately due to race, ethnicity, age, gender, social class, sexuality, disability, or other category related to diversity. Depending on the setting in which the incident occurred, consider whether any laws or policies were violated, either those established by an organization, such as a business or school, or state or federal antidiscrimination policies.

Write an essay in which you complete each of the following:

. Part 1 – Describe your experience:

6. Describe the event and the underlying diversity issues at play.

6. Describe your opinions, feelings, actions, and what you learned from the event.

. Part 2 – Examine your experience:

7. Discuss experiences from your personal background that might account for your feelings or reactions. Consider areas such as your ethnicity, history, upbringing, local mores, recent events, et cetera.

7. Connect your experience to at least three sociological concepts and/or issues. For example, if you are writing about what if feels like to be an outsider, you could connect your discussion to the concept of power or social structure, or the broader issue of relationships between dominant and minority groups.

2. Examples of other concepts you could include are prejudice, discrimination, stereotypes, cultural pluralism, assimilation, structural mobility, social distance, and modern racism.

2. Examples of theories include functional or conflict theory, Marx’s and Weber’s theories of inequality, Park’s race relations cycle, Gordon’s theory of assimilation, human capital theory, scapegoat hypothesis, and the theory of authoritarian personality.

. Incorporate research on the broader issue that your experience illustrates. For example, if the incident you describe involves discrimination in the workplace, research workplace discrimination and find data on the prevalence or nature of this problem. If the incident involves bullying at school, locate data on how extensive this issue is. Questions to consider include:

3. Is the type of incident you describe commonplace?

3. Where might this be most prevalent?

3. Among what groups is it most likely to occur?

3. What trends did you notice in your research? For example, does the kind of incident you experienced or observed seem to be an increasing problem, or is it declining over time?

. Analyze how relevant laws or policies might be applied to this situation. These may be civil or criminal laws or, perhaps, policies established in the workplace or schools.

4. Consider whether any laws or policies were violated and how those laws or policies might be changed or better enforced to address the situation you describe.

· Part 3 – Reflect on your experience:

. Based on your reflections of the event and the research you have now done, share personal strategies that are useful for informing the interactions or relationships between the involved parties, as well as your own understanding or perspectives.

Additional Requirements

· Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.

· Length: 5 pages, not including title and reference pages.

· Format: Include a title page and reference page, and format the paper and your citations according to current APA style and formatting guidelines.

· Sources: Cite at least two scholarly sources.

· Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.

Portfolio Prompt: Save this assessment to your ePortfolio.

· SCORING GUIDE

Use the scoring guide to understand how your assessment will be evaluated.

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Cultural Diversity and You Scoring Guide

CRITERIA

NON-PERFORMANCE

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Connect a personal experience to sociological concepts of power.

Does not connect a personal experience to sociological concepts of power.

Connects a personal experience to sociological concepts of power that have little relevance to the experience.

Connects a personal experience to sociological concepts of power.

Connects a personal experience to sociological concepts of power and includes mention of specific theories.

Analyze data to make valid sociological inferences.

Does not analyze data.

Analyzes data but makes unsupportable sociological inferences.

Analyzes data to make valid sociological inferences.

Analyzes data to make valid sociological inferences and cites specific instances of data to support them.

Analyze how laws or policies are applied to a diversity issue.

Does not describe how laws or policies are applied to a diversity issue.

Describes how laws or policies are applied to a diversity issue.

Analyzes how laws or policies are applied to a diversity issue.

Analyzes how laws or policies are applied to a diversity issue and cites support from scholarly sources.

Apply strategies for addressing a cultural diversity issue.

Does not list strategies for addressing a cultural diversity issue.

Lists strategies for addressing a cultural diversity issue.

Applies strategies for addressing a cultural diversity issue.

Analyzes strategies for addressing a cultural diversity issue.

Discuss personal characteristics or experiences that might account for feelings or reactions involving a diversity issue.

Does not list personal characteristics or experiences that might account for feelings or reactions involving a diversity issue.

Lists personal characteristics or experiences that might account for feelings or reactions involving a diversity issue.

Discusses personal characteristics or experiences that might account for feelings or reactions involving a diversity issue.

Analyzes personal characteristics or experiences that might account for feelings or reactions involving a diversity issue.

Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format and with few errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Does not write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format. Does not use correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Writes to support an idea. Format is inconsistent and contains major errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Writes coherently to support a central idea in appropriate format and with few errors of grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Writes coherently, using evidence to support a central idea in a consistently appropriate format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.

Resources: Diversity Basics

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· The following resources introduce you to the concept of diversity and what it means to examine this concept using a sociological perspective.

· Resource Bank | Transcript.

1. This is a general resource for cultural diversity topics.

. Abercrombie, N., Hill, S., & Turner, B. S. (2006). 
The Penguin dictionary of sociology 
(5th ed.
)
. Penguin.

2. This dictionary includes descriptions of key terms in sociology.

. Healey, J. F., Stepnick, A., & O’Brien, E. (2019). Race, ethnicity, gender, and class: The sociology of group conflict and change (8th ed.). Sage. Available in the courseroom via the VitalSource Bookshelf link.

3. Chapters 1, 2, and 3.

3. These chapters explore diversity from a sociological perspective.

. Plaut, V. (2014). Inviting everyone in. Scientific American, 311(4), 52–57. 

4. This article focuses on strategies for promoting diversity in the workplace and classroom.

. Prince Inniss, J. (2011, September 8). What explains social inequality? Everyday Sociology. http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/2011/09/what-explains-social-inequality.html

5. Prince Innis shows how to apply sociological theories to the topic of inequality.

. Triana, M. (2017). Managing diversity in organizations: A global perspective
. Routledge.  

6. Triana’s book defines key concepts and theories and describes important social and political issues related to diversity.

Resources: Diversity Demographics

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· Diversity encompasses a variety of categories, including age, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and social class. The resources below focus on these demographic aspects of diversity.

· AAUW. (2018). 
The simple truth about the gender pay gap
 [PDF]. https://www.aauw.org/resource/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/

1. This report describes and analyzes data on the gender pay gap and its causes and consequences. 

. Callard, F., Sartorius, N., Arboleda-Flórez, J., Bartlett, P., Helmchen, H., Stuart, H., Taborda, J., & Thornicroft, G. (2012). 
Mental illness, discrimination and the law: Fighting for social justice. 
John Wiley & Sons.

2. This book discusses issues facing those with mental illness and ways that legislation can protect and advance their rights.

. Demographic Characteristics by Race | Transcript.

3. This resource presents a variety of data on the major racial and ethnic categories in the United States.

. Economic Inequality | Transcript.

4. These charts show data on economic inequality in the United States.

. Healey, J. F., Stepnick, A., & O’Brien, E. (2019). Race, ethnicity, gender, and class: The sociology of group conflict and change (8th ed.). Sage. Available in the courseroom via the VitalSource Bookshelf link.

5. Parts III and IV in this text address data and issues pertaining to the many forms diversity takes.

. Nelson, T. D. (2016). The age of ageism. Journal of Social Issues, 72(1), 191–198. 

6. This article discusses the increasing significance of research on Ageism and the “graying of America.” 

. Parry, E. (2014). 
Generational diversity at work: New research perspectives
. Routledge. 

7. This book examines the characteristics of generational groups and how those characteristics translate to the workplace.

. Frontline (Producer). (1985). 
A class divided
 [Video]. Films On Demand.

8. Teacher Jane Elliott divides her grade school classroom based on eye color in order to teach a profound lesson in prejudice and discrimination.

FMG Video

. The following videos were purchased through Films Media Group for use in this Capella course. Any distribution of video content or associated links is prohibited. 

9. Race and Sex: What We Think (But Can’t Say) | Transcript.

1. Running time: 3:52. 

. The Story We Tell: Race – The Power of an Illusion | Transcript.

2. This video traces the history of race and its social construction in American society.

2. Running time: 1:38.

. Taking a Stance Against Racism and Discrimination | Transcript.

3. This series of video clips shows segments from the news program What Would You Do? These segments focus on the many forms that diversity takes

3. Running time: 3:29.

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