Diversity Consciousness Opening our Minds to People, Cultures and Opportunities

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Pub. Date: 2009-02-05
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I've been using this text for three years now for a graduate-level course for teachers. Every year my teachers let me know how much they enjoy the textbook and what a difference the course has made in their ability to relate to diverse populations. Thanks, Dr. Bucher for a great textbook.

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This empowering study on human diversity helps readers develop the ability to understand, respect, and value diversity–and demonstrates how opening one's mind to the views of other peoples and cultures is central for a quality education and successful career.

Personalizing the learning experience by integrating a variety of real-life student experiences and perspectives, it discusses topics in a style that promotes self-reflection and dialogue that is inclusive and not condescending.

Complete with self-reflective journal questions, case studies, and interactive exercises, it discusses diversity and workplace issues–such as teamwork, conflict management, leadership, racism, prejudice, and communication; and zeroes in on the relationship between an employee's success and his/her ability to develop flexible thinking to positively and effectively deal with a variety of diversity issues.

"Diversity Consciousness is impressive because it is not a mere diatribe on the need for diversity. Bucher extensively incorporates and cites classic and empirical research, plus works by well known writers, to better help the reader understand what he means by diversity and its growth locally and globally." - Matthew Oware, DePauw University (from Teaching Sociology)

“Diversity Consciousness is user friendly, that is, the students find it easy to read and yet it does not achieve this by “dumbing down” the content. Also, the organization of the book seems to help the student move through what can be a very difficult and troubling subject.” - John Rushing, Barry University

"Diversity Consciousness can provide an inclusive roadmap for understanding and dialoguing about differences. I wish that this book had been available to me as an undergraduate. What I value in this book are the stories, the exercises and opportunities to listen through others about their experiences on various topics. The tools in this book and the dialogue are essential to having an understanding of how to navigate through our diverse society." - Brenda Thompson, Principal Consultant for Diversity, MGM Mirage

Author Biography

Dr. Richard Bucher is a Professor of Sociology at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC).  He has been nationally recognized for his teaching excellence and teaches a variety of courses, including Introductory Sociology, Cultural Diversity in the Workplace, and Race and Ethnic Relations.  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education recently honored him for teaching excellence.  He served as the first Director of BCCC's Institute for Intercultural Understanding (IIU).  Under his leadership, the IIU gained national recognition as an innovative diversity education program.  Dr. Bucher received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Howard University, with a concentration in race and ethnic relations.  He is also the author of Building Cultural Intelligence (CQ): Nine Megaskills (Prentice Hall, 2008).  We encourage you to visit his website at http://www.diversityconsciousness.com and this Blog on the subject of diversity consciousness/cultural intelligence at www.diversityconsciousness.com/blog  The author driven Blog is for faculty and educators who want to learn more about diversity and how it impacts their institutions, their communities, and their teaching.  

Table of Contents

Diversity: An Overviewp. 1
Learning Objectivesp. 1
Our Changing Cultural Landscapep. 2
Demographic Changes in the United Statesp. 3
Technological and Social Changesp. 10
A Range of Reactionsp. 16
Cultural Cruise Controlp. 17
Beginning Adjustmentsp. 18
Fine Tuningp. 20
Views of Diversity: Assimilation and Pluralismp. 21
Dimensions of Diversityp. 25
Diversity Between and Within Groupsp. 29
Diversity Mythsp. 30
What Is Diversity Consciousness?p. 32
Diversity Educationp. 33
Case Studiesp. 35
Exercisesp. 38
Internet Assignmentp. 39
Notesp. 39
Diversity Consciousness and Successp. 42
Learning Objectivep. 42
Definitions of Successp. 43
Sociocultural Theory and Successp. 45
Why Diversity Skills Are Importantp. 46
Success at Schoolp. 47
Success at Workp. 54
Individual/Organizational Benefitsp. 59
The Individualp. 59
The Organizationp. 61
Diversity Training in the Workplacep. 63
The Costs of Inadequate Diversity Consciousnessp. 68
Case Studiesp. 71
Exercisesp. 73
Internet Assignmentp. 74
Notesp. 75
Personal and Social Barriers to Successp. 77
Learning Objectivesp. 77
Six Barriers to Successp. 79
Limited Perceptionsp. 79
Ethnocentrismp. 82
Stereotypesp. 86
Prejudicep. 91
Prejudice Plus Powerp. 96
Discriminationp. 100
Overcoming Diversity Barriersp. 105
Case Studiesp. 112
Exercisesp. 114
Internet Assignmentp. 116
Notesp. 116
Developing Diversity Consciousnessp. 119
Learning Objectivesp. 119
The Importance of Diversity Consciousnessp. 119
Cultural Encapsulationp. 121
Six Areas of Developmentp. 124
Examining Ourselves and Our Worldsp. 124
Expanding Our Knowledge of Others and Their Worldsp. 128
Stepping Outside of Ourselvesp. 132
Gauging the Level of the Playing Fieldp. 134
Checking Up on Ourselvesp. 140
Following Throughp. 141
Strategies for Developing Diversity Consciousnessp. 142
Diversity Education-A Range of Opportunitiesp. 144
A Lifelong, Continuing Processp. 147
Case Studiesp. 148
Exercisesp. 149
Internet Assignmentp. 151
Notesp. 151
Communicating in a Diverse Worldp. 153
Learning Objectivesp. 153
Communication and Culturep. 154
Electronic Communicationp. 158
Diversity Consciousness and Communicationp. 161
Areas of Development: Diversity Consciousness and Communicationp. 162
Communication Mattersp. 170
Barriers to Effective Communicationp. 172
Hot Buttonsp. 174
Difficult Dialoguesp. 177
Communicating Inclusivelyp. 179
Case Studiesp. 182
Exercisesp. 184
Internet Assignmentp. 186
Notesp. 186
Teamworkp. 188
Learning Objectivesp. 188
Teams Todayp. 188
Teamwork at Schoolp. 190
Teamwork in the Workplacep. 192
Virtual Teamingp. 194
Developing Teamwork Skillsp. 195
Diversity Consciousness and Teamingp. 197
High-Performance Teamsp. 200
Ten Proven Strategies for Building High-Performance Teamsp. 201
Obstacles to Teamworkp. 203
Conflictp. 205
Conflict Managementp. 206
Case Studiesp. 213
Exercisesp. 215
internet Assignmentp. 217
Notesp. 217
Leadershipp. 219
Learning Objectivesp. 219
What is Leadership?p. 220
Diversity-Conscious Leadershipp. 223
Who Can Be a Diversity-Conscious Leader?p. 224
Key Skills of a Diversity-Conscious Leaderp. 225
Adaptingp. 225
Thinking and Communicating Inclusivelyp. 227
Assessing and Monitoringp. 227
Four Building Blocks of Diversity-Conscious Leadership: An Assessmentp. 228
Leadership Theoriesp. 231
Leadership in a Cultural Contextp. 232
Individualism Versus Collectivismp. 233
Large or Small Power Distancep. 233
Strong or Weak Uncertainty Avoidancep. 235
Masculinity Versus Femininityp. 235
The Diversity-Conscious Leader of the Futurep. 238
Leadership Developmentp. 239
Future Challengesp. 240
Case Studiesp. 241
Exercisesp. 243
Internet Assignmentp. 244
Notesp. 244
Conclusionp. 245
Learning Objectivesp. 245
Opening Our Minds to Opportunitiesp. 246
Future Challengesp. 250
Technological Change and Globalizationp. 251
Changing Demographics in the United Statesp. 254
Continuing Potential for Divisiveness and Hopep. 256
Case Studiesp. 258
Exercisesp. 260
Internet Assignmentp. 261
Notesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 273
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