PersonalExperience with Diversity
PersonalExperience with Diversity, the Work Environment
Mentionthe word diversity in a social context and a majority of the humanpopulation will think of such issues as social exclusion regardingrace and gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, political views,professional and personal backgrounds. The society doesn’t want tothink positively about the otherwise diverse human socialdemographics of the 21st century as much as they are hesitant toaccept its existence (Letki, 2008). Today individuals want to subjectan innocent colleague to prejudice because of his ‘black’ colortomorrow it`s about she is lesbian or he is gay, the following daythe discrimination is due to her femininity, religion, or politicalview. In the end, there is a significant loss which could be avoidedif we practiced social cohesion and disregarded somebody’s socialorientation as a basis for exclusion. In any case, I hold the viewthat diversity has far reaching benefits if adequately andappropriately exploited than many would imagine.
Theexperience I have had with diversity is something I will live tonarrate to the generations to come because it is in such exposuresthat I realized how valuable a socially dissimilar group was to mygrowth and development. Mainly, during my one-year internship with aninternational non-governmental organization, I mingled with quite aheterogeneous group that comprised of male and female workers, theblack and whites, the young and old, Christian and non-Christian, anda lot more. It may have posed serious challenges to some of theplayers and resulted in group segregation, but I didn’t see it thatway. Here was an opportunity to exploit, the diversity had expandedworldliness, and it was no time to disapprove that through isolation.
Throughoutmy time there, I interacted with different individuals and refused tobuy into any negative perception of the physical and or socialdistinctions as a result of the communally and culturally variedpopulation of colleagues. What followed was an enhanced socialdevelopment which could not have been possible in fixed settingcomprising of people with whom I shared everything in common.Notwithstanding, an environment cultural homogeneity is quite boringand short of development opportunities and not worth the name‘workplace institution.’
Secondly,the diverse work atmosphere prepared me well not only for the futurecareer in which the personnel is socially heterogeneous but also forinternational studies where I will apparently be confronted with yeta new category of students. Either way, fitting in such associationswill be easy thanks to the previous exposure which lasted for oneyear. What touches me most as much as it calls for jubilation relatesto my ability to work in the global society due to the experience Ihave had with diversity in the past. Now that the world has plungedinto a phase of globalization, it is imperative mentioned that theworkplace composition concerning employees, clients, and employers,has assumed a diverse team derived from around the world and peoplemust learn how to cope with that. Therefore, in the eventuality thatI become part of a unique social group, my priority area will be toengage the latter and enhance social cohesion to the betterment ofall the subjects involved.
Aboveall, diversity increases the knowledge-base of the interactingindividuals, and that is what I experienced during the internship.Given that it presented an environment of distinct groups, diversitydid boost my interest to learn about my colleagues who also did thesame towards me and that built an atmosphere of mutuality that Iyearn to take advantage of in the future. Moreover, it occurred to methat diversity is essential in promoting critical thinking as itenables people to scrutinize situations from multiple perspectivesand vantage points, which is contrary to when individuals of the samegroup engage. In other words, I strongly crave to be part ofheterogeneous social associations because that way, my criticalthinking as well as knowledge-base levels will skyrocket. Anyopportunity to pursue a career at an international school or workwith a diverse staff is, therefore, highly rated by me as I intend tocapitalize on the advantages of diversity rather than its drawbacksand growth intellectually.
Obviously,there are many reasons why I like to associate with people fromdiverse social backgrounds. Before I got the engagement as an intern,I used to perceive issues from an ethnocentric and egocentricviewpoint, but that came to pass when I moved beyond myself andcapitalized on the then new setting. Moreover, my self-awareness(i.e. self-insight) was considerably enhanced, and I could makeinformed decisions afterward as much as I could draw validcomparisons regarding my life experiences against those of the newgroups.
Evidently,I am nonpartisan concerning diversity, and it would be the course formy enrolling for a program at an international school or applying forglobal jobs. Whereas people concentrate on the negative aspect ofsocial and cultural diversity such as feminism, racialdiscriminating, and religious segregation, mine will be to tap intothe multiple benefits that relate to being part of such formations asdetailed above. In any case, I believe that learning is not all aboutbooks but rather, a dialogical engagement with individuals fromentirely dichotomous backgrounds is incisive in expanding ourcognition and the way we make decisions.
Atthis point, my stand regarding diversity is well grounded it doesnot wear away but rather, appraise social cohesion. All the erosionsnoted concerning cohesion in diverse social cohorts are as a resultof the human failure to make use of the many benefits that accompanydiversity. However, I stand firm against such ignorance and commit tograsping and efficiently utilizing all the opportunities that wouldbring me closer to diverse populations such as those of the globalhigher education schools for my intellectual growth and development.
Letki,N. (2008). Does diversity erode social cohesion? Social capital andrace in British neighbourhoods. PoliticalStudies, 56(1),99-126.