ERIC Number: ED428848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Valuing Diversity: Practicing Inclusion. A Matter of Commitment: Community Collaboration Guidebook Series. Guidebook 3.
Bruner, Charles; Chang, Hedy Nai-Lin
The purpose of this guidebook is to help community collaboratives gain a deeper awareness and understanding of the implications of diversity through their work. This includes designing service strategies, involving community residents in planning and governance, establishing outcomes and accountability systems, and developing financing systems. The guide provides seven general principles for embracing diversity in comprehensive reforms developed by the organization California Tomorrow, including involving people from diverse neighborhoods and constituencies in program design and development, and valuing the role that culture and language play in developing healthy families, individuals, and communities. The guidebook begins with a brief rationale for the relevance of valuing diversity and practicing inclusion, and how it fits as a vital part of the work of community reform efforts. Next are discussions of key ideas and the steps involved in putting the ideas into practice. The guidebook concludes with four appendices: an article on drawing strength from diversity, an annotated bibliography on community building and diversity, additional resources on respecting diversity in frontline practice, and discussion of the principles put forth in the report "Cultural Democracy and Power Sharing." (JPB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Change, Community Cooperation, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Public Policy, Social Action
Child and Family Policy Center, 218 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1021, Des Moines, IA 50309-4006; phone: 515-280-9027; fax: 515-244-8997 ($12, postpaid. Iowa residents must add 5% sales tax).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Service Integration, New York, NY.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Child and Family Policy Center, Des Moines, IA.; Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.; Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, DC.