Discussing Differences - Definitions

Diversity -  “the condition of being different: VARIETY Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary


“By the way, the antonym for diversity is unity, a subject close to many hearts. I would be interested in pursuing the antipathy between the instincts for diversity and unity.”  ....


Diversity refers to individual  human differences.  In the context of organizational life, diversity is about individual differences that can be drawn on and developed to promote the goals and practices of an organization. Patricia Arredondo, 1996


Major diversity categories: Geography, Culture, Gender, Spirituality, Language, Disability, Sexuality, Age.  Willie Hopkins, 1997


Workplace diversity - the concept of workplace diversity itself may not hold uniform connotations, signifying different things to different groups and individuals within organizations and society.  To some, diversity may be little more than proportional representation of various demographic and social groups in the workplace.  To others, it may involve overcoming cultural prejudice and instilling new values about difference in the organization.  To still others, it may  connote changing the very fabric of work practices in keeping with the cultural influences of different social groups.  Prasad, 1997


Managing Diversity is a comprehensive managerial process of developing an environment that works for all employees.  Thomas, 1991


Unconditional Positive Regard - “I care” with no conditions of worth attached.  It involves the acceptance of and caring for (the therapist’s) client as a separate person, with permission for him to have his own feelings and experiences, and to find his own meanings in them. Carl Rogers, 1961


The “clonal effect” refers to the tendency of people to hire and promote people that look, talk and walk like themselves….   class can be as much a factor in hiring, promotion, and selection as the more readily evident race, sex, ethnicity, or national origin…We tend to place more trust in persons from our own social class.  Thus, class becomes a factor in the clonal effect of hiring and promotions.  Natasha Josefowitz, 1995.