ERIC Number: ED410594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Diversity Board: Encouraging Students To Interact with Others in a Multicultural Society.
Dillon, Randy K.; Maben, Bethany A.
This paper offers a lesson plan for a classroom activity, called the "diversity board" which challenges and encourages college students to think seriously about what diversity means and how diversity influences behaviors and communication between people. The paper states that, in less than 20 years, racial and ethnic groups in The United States will outnumber whites and that this "browning of America" will result in a significant change in society, ranging from education to industry politics to values and culture. Since students will face complex and ethnically diverse communication contexts in the near future, it is a responsibility of educators to assist these students to obtain knowledge and develop the needed skills to communicate effectively cross-culturally. The paper gives a list of goals for the "diversity board," including to understand the multicultural diverse backgrounds of people; to decrease the uncertainty and anxiety that often accompanies communication interactions among culturally dissimilar individuals; and to learn that understanding about others in an increasingly diverse world requires effective communication. It also gives detailed instructions for the physical construction and use of the diversity board, including questions and assignments for the students and suggestions for class discussion. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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