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Diversity Awareness / Different Perspectives Assignment
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Developing a Sense of Diversity Consciousness Diversity consciousness is an important quality that every person living in the 21st century must develop. According to Bucher (2010), diversity consciousness is at the center of three areas: understanding diversity, diversity awareness and diversity skills.
The interviewee was Beverly, a 39-year-old Filipino who is currently working as a grade school teacher. I have known her through a friend but although we have been acquainted for a while, I never had a real conversation with her. To comply with the school requirement, I personally asked if I could have the interview with her and she replied with enthusiasm. As a mother of three, Beverly shares with me the same experience of working and taking care of kids at the same time. As a teacher, she seemed to have what I lacked, the patience to listen even to the most trivial things children could utter. Beverly has a different family orientation. Being Filipino, she lived in a closely-knit family, with her grandparents sharing their home, and her aunts and uncles living close by in their neighborhood. Although I grew up with my mother and grandmother, I did not experience the family traditions that she had. Likewise, the distant relationship I had with my father marks the distinction between us. Needless to say, Beverly grew up in a complete and happy family while I, in a dismal one. As a teacher, Beverly’s job entails listening to children, making them feel important, and most of all, exercising patience to accommodate their needs. ...
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