1. differing from one another
2. composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities
Definitions of "Diversity"
When American voters hear the term "diversity" without any definition
or other context attached, most specifically think of race/ethnicity:
50% said "diversity" means different ethnicity, race, nationality or culture.
18% said "diversity" means people with different thoughts and ideas.
12% said "diversity" means different social status or economic/education
8% said "diversity" means people of different religious backgrounds.
Women and minorities recieve unequal pay in the workforce.
High poverty rates among minorities
Diversity in the classroom
Facts on these important
Unequal payment of women and minorities
Ratio of Earning in America by Race and Gender
As of 1998 women only earned 73.2% of what men did annually
Secretarial work, cashier, hairdressing and cooking are among the top twenty
types of work that women preform
Women's median weekly earning is $456
Title IX of the Educational Ammendmensts of 1972 states that: No person
in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation
in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under
any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance... The United
States Department of Education maintains an Office for Civil Rights, with
ten regional offices and a headquarters in Washington, D.C. to enforce
|African American Men
|African American Women
Change is on the way
Minority owned businesses have grew by 60% from 1987 to 1992
African American women own 39% of all minority owned businesses
Hispanic business have had the highest growth in the years between 1987
Race and ethnicity are to distinct
aspencts of culture that are often confused. Race is a group of people
that share common biological characteristics. Ethnicity is a group
of people that share the same cultural heritiage.
The Changing Make Up of United States Population
the United States has a hispanic population of nearly 30.3 million.
the U.S. Hispanic population as grown by 35 percent since 1990.
Origions of U.S Hispanic popualtion
14% Central and South America
11% Puerto Rico
Popualtion Estimates of the U.S. August 1999
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||Mean Age (years)
|American Indian, Eskimo, Aluet
|Asian American, Pacific Islander
Based on self-reporting, it seems roughly half of Americans live in
"diverse" neighborhoods "with many different kinds of
people", while the other half live in "homogeneous" neighborhoods with
the people being basically "similar in background."
Poverty Among Minorities
The median income for a household with one forieng born person is $30,000,
while the income for a native born is $36,000.
The median income for an Asian American is $42,900
The poverty rate for African Americans is reamaining constant at 26.1%
The poverty rate for Hispanics is dropping from 27.1% in 1997 to 25.6%
Asian and Pacific Islander has remained the same far a few years at 12.5%
Nearly 50 percent of African American children are poor
Diversity in the classroom
Harassment In a Diverse Nation
Overall, the vast majority of American voters (roughly 7 in 10) believe
diversity education in the curriculum is a good thing for students.
69% agree that "diversity on campus" has more of a positive rather than
negative impact on the general atmosphere of campuses (22% said the effect
has been more negative).
69% agree that "courses and campus activities that emphasize diversity
and diverse perspectives" have more of a positive rather than negative
effect on the education of college students (22% said the effect has been
more negative). "
15 percent of children entering school in 1986 were immigrants who spoke
little or no english.
91% agree - "Our society is multi-cultural. The more we know about each
other,the better we will get along."
82% agree - "The changing characteristics of America's population make
diversity education necessary."
81% agree - "Diversity education creates respect for differences and helps
ease tensions between people."
In a study conducted at Universty of Michigan and Harvard Law shools 62%
reported diversity inhanced their abiliy to learn and get along with others.
7 out of 8 students stated that working in a diverse environment changed
their views on civil rights.
Among seniors who are entering college in the Fall of 1999, African Americans'
average scores on the SAT I Verbal were 93 points below white students'
average scores. Blacks scored, on average, 106 points less than whites
on the SAT I Math.
36% of gay, lesbian, and bisexual students report some sort of harassment
form school staff
Homosexual students are twice as likely to be victems of treats or violence
Homosexual students are four times as likley to skip school out of fear
17% of students have been reffered to as lesbian or gay unwantedly
Race and Ethnicity
It may consider the follow items to be unlawful:
1 in 3 girls have experienced unwanted advances often
More white girls (87%) experience sexual harassment than African American
(84%) or Hispanics (82%)
African American girls face more phisical harassment as opposed to verbal
than any other racial group
Creating racist graffiti in public
Dislpaying the Nazi insignia in public
Making racist speeches in public
What can we do?
Relevent Organizations and Agencies
PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY
Elizabeth W. Bauer, Executive Director
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service
106 West Allegan, Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48933-1706
(517) 487-1755 (V/TTY); (800) 288-5923 (V/TTY)
GLSEN National Office
121 West 27th St., Ste. 804
New York, NY 10001
tel: (212) 727-0135
fax: (212) 727-0254
National Association of Gender Diversity Training
NAWE: Advancing Women in Higher Education
Relevent Web Sites
General Diversity Information
Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission