Why Should We Care about Diversity?
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
- Maya Angelou, poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, actress, filmmaker, and civil rights activist, 1928-
In the modules dealing with sex and gender, we explored the ways in which these two concepts act and interact in the lives of women and men, boys and girls and people who identify as neither or both. The concept of diversity includes sex and gender, but it also involves thinking about other factors, such as education, ability and ethnicity, that influence how we see ourselves and how others see us, where we live, what we do and how easy it is for us to get and stay healthy. It is important, therefore, to understand what the term diversity means as well as how it interacts with sex and gender to affect our needs, experiences, challenges and opportunities.
By the end of this module you should be able to:
- Define diversity
- Describe the various dimensions of diversity
- Discuss ideas and beliefs about diversity
- Assess the relationship between diversity and health
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