Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Diversity

Diversity is a huge part of Arizona State, with about 65,000 students, there is bound to be a variety. According to Delia Saenz, "Diversity at ASU is defined in terms of representation and inclusion. Representation reflects the extent of which our students, faculty, staff and administrators proportionately reflect the regional and national population served by our public institution. Inclusion entails creating a positive learning and working environment and a climate that is respectful of and welcoming to all our members." Arizona State's students come from 50 states and 141 nations around the world, so it is important for us to be open and acceptive of our peers. I love the fact that there are so many foreign exchange students that go to ASU. I find it so fascinating to talk with them and discover all the cultural differences.
Delia Saenz also states that, "Openness then is something that characterizes our mental framework or how we function internally, as well as our interpersonal approach, or how we interact with others." Not judging the book by its cover is extremely important. Being open enhances our understanding and moves us to acceptance. The video "all orientals look the same" is a prime example of this. If you have that in your head that, all orientals look the same, you are not willing to change your views, which means you are not open. Also this video showed exactly how we all stereotype to some degree. Because most of us are not fully educated on every country in the world, we rely on stereotypes. I suggest if you find yourself meeting someone for the first time and you begin to stereotype, just try and ignore it; be open! I bet you your new friend will prove that stereotype wrong!

4 comments:

Yelenis said...

Being open minded to new cultures and ideas is definitely how one can benefit from an ethnically diverse environment.

jose said...

Yelenis comment is true. It's always best to have an open mind to new cultures, especially here at ASU. Communicating with a diverse population like here at ASU, will helps us communicate with others in the outside world much better in the future.

josh said...

This is very true...having an open mind towards other cultures increases interaction and is also beneficial to both people in terms of learning about others' cultures.

Julio said...

Your first quote is long but sums up what diversity means perfectly. Have you thought about what you would say on diversity? I don’t think a lot of people realize how diverse our University is, or others for that matter. I hope I get to meet many of these diverse people.