Dealing with Diversity

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Featuring guests and location footage from throughout the United States and a special case study on diversity in Cape Town, RSA, Dealing with Diversity continues its commitment to helping students become more tolerant of people who are different and more aware of the power of diversity. Like the original course, which is based on the premise that the more we understand, the less we fear, Dealing with Diversity introduces students to people from many diverse populations in an effort to help students understand the different constraints and motivations of people from backgrounds different from their own. As the 21st century opens the United States along with nations around the world struggle to deal with a planet that has been become a global village. The challenges are both inter-cultural and intra-cultural. And for nations like the U.S. continued immigration from around the world constantly brings new ethnic/racial cultural challenges to an already diverse society. Demographic projections indicate that by the mid-century (2050) one half of the U.S. population will be made up of people of African, Asian and Latino/Latina backgrounds. This shift in minority/majority numerical size will most likely create challenges that only a culturally tolerant society, well-educated in diversity issues can survive. This shift in demographics is also compounded by the increase of other definable groups such as the disabled, the aged, gays and lesbians as well as a variety of other special interest groups. All of these entities will be competing for an equal voice in our democratic republic and capitalistic economic system. This course was developed to help students recognize and appreciate the differences and the similarities between diverse groups and individuals in a multicultural society. With this knowledge students will be able to make a difference and become facilitators in improving intra/inter-cultural relations at work, in the community and in the global village.

Producer:Governors State
Running Time:24 hours   (24 episodes)
Preview Episode:Introduction and Overview: Who in the World Is in Here?   (#101)