Diversity: Discrimination and Service Users Essay

1384 Words Mar 31st, 2013 6 Pages
UNIT 203 1. What is meant by Diversity

Diversity simply means a variety of things. It is understood that each individual is unique, and recognising our individual differences. These can range from race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment

Diversity is about recognising, valuing and taking account of people's different backgrounds, knowledge, skills, and experiences, and encouraging and using those differences to create a productive and effective educational community and workforce.

2. What is meant by Equality

Equality simply means equal
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* If you aren’t sure with what is being said get clarification.
If you get someone to stop and reflect on the implications of what they are saying, to try to get them to consider their statement from the perspective of another, especially if it was a statement said about themselves, then all this can help to appropriate challenge someone’s negative or stereotypical thinking. “If a minority person heard you say that, what would their reaction be?” or “If someone said that about you, how would you react?” * Question the factual accuracy of the information being used.
Often individuals will make discriminatory statements such as “all X do or think this.” It is often helpful to challenge the basis of these suppositions and discover whether there is any factual accuracy or whether it is merely a stereotypical, knee-jerk discriminatory statement. People often back down and correct themselves if they discover their arguments are flawed. * Use reflection
Reflecting back to someone what is being said and using others can be very helpful – in particular use yourself as a personal reflector of what is being said. Statements such as, “I’m having some difficulty with what you’re saying” or “I can’t see your point” or “I accept that is how you think, but I find it unacceptable” * Be firm

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