Diversity has many forms and layers. Diversity is present not only when we see physical differences—such as skin color, types of dress, or physical disabilities—but also in our different cultural backgrounds. Diversity includes differences in age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and ethnic background. We were all born and raised within a cultural context, for example, in the northeastern United States, the deep South, or Latin America. These cultural contexts create differences in family structure, peer relationships, education, and other influences that contribute to who we are today.
Cultural differences influence the way we think, interact, and make choices. These characteristics may cause group members to interact in ways that enhance their relationships. They may also interfere with a team member’s ability to achieve his or her individual or group objectives.
In what cultural context do you view diversity issues?