My analysis could have been different if I had used natural sciences, which is another general education lens, to analyze my topic on racism since by using the language and perspective from the lens of the natural sciences, I would be evaluating whether or not racism has any biological basis. According to “Scientific racism” (2022), some promoters of white supremacy and anti-Black racism claim that science can justify racism. According to “Scientific racism” (2022), some scientists were advocates of polygenism which proposed that the human races are distinctive species. Polygenism theory was backed by pseudoscientific methods such as craniometry, which involves measuring human skulls, and it was allegedly proven that Whites are superior to Blacks biologically. Therefore, through the natural science lens, I would analyze the biology behind racism which is different from the sociology lens.
The critical analysis of diversity adds value to our interactions with people in various contexts, such as school settings, workplaces, and neighborhoods or community settings. As Soken-Huberty (2020) explains, diversity awareness helps us to recognize the existence of many different cultures, respect the differences between diverse people, acknowledge that each cultural expression is valid, value what other cultures bring to the table, tolerate and celebrate differences, and empower diverse persons to make their contributions. In a school setting, Huey (2020) explains that diversity helps learners to interact well with each other by respecting the differences of other students fostering inclusivity, building strong relationships, and avoiding dehumanization and discrimination. In a workplace setting, Soken-Huberty (2020) explains that diversity fosters innovation and creativity and improves communication and overall performance. For example, in my life, I have had the opportunity to interact with many people from various cultures, especially in school, and being aware of cultural diversity has always helped to strengthen my conversations with diverse people.
This course has helped me understand the role of diversity in society because I have learned that each individual is unique and deserves inclusion and equity in their society. As Man (2021) explains, appreciating diversity in a society helps reduce racism and discrimination, improves the balance of views and opinions, which results in improved cultural competency in a society, improves working conditions and performance, promotes peace and unity, and improves economic power. O’Boyle (2022) also affirms that diversity in society promotes acceptance and inclusion while diminishing prejudices and misconceptions that cause discrimination. It promotes a comfortable living experience and increases productivity since uniting diverse people with various life experiences generates new perspectives and ideas. I now have a better understanding of concepts like bias, identity, intersectionality, and culture, which add value to my views on diversity because they are the components of diversity in society. Finally, I believe I have good critical analysis skills like observation, interpretation, and inference that will positively impact my approach toward diversity topics.
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Man, J. (2021, April 8). Why is diversity important? Diversity for Social Impact. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://diversity.social/why-is-diversity-important/
O’Boyle, T. (2022, March 3). 5 reasons why diversity is important in the 21st Century. AMP Global Youth. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://www.ampglobalyouth.org/2020/06/20/5-reasons-diversity-important-21st-century/
Scientific racism. Harvard Library. (2022). Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://library.harvard.edu/confronting-anti-black-racism/scientific-racism
Soken-Huberty, E. (2020, August 2). The importance of diversity. The Important Site. Retrieved December 3, 2022, from https://theimportantsite.com/the-importance-of-diversity/
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In this activity, you will have the opportunity to examine how using critical analysis tools influences your interactions with others and your understanding of the role of diversity in society. You will also consider how the analysis of your topic might have turned out differently if you looked at it through a different lens. Completing this activity will result in a draft of the reflection section of your project. It also provides an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from your instructor that you can incorporate into your project submission.
In this activity, you will work on the second part of the reflection section of your project. You should consider the feedback from your instructor on the previous activity and use your responses to inform this assignment. Include diverse perspectives from varied sources to support your points. Look to the SNHU Shapiro Library for assistance and consider the sources you have used thus far to support the critical analysis of your topic. First, you will explain how the analysis of your topic in diversity may have been different if you had used one of the other general education lenses. Next, you will explain how critically analyzing diversity positively affects your interactions with people. Finally, you will describe how this course has impacted your understanding of the role of diversity in society.
You are not required to answer each question below the rubric criteria but may use them to better understand the criteria and guide your thinking.
Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:
- Integrate reliable evidence from varied sourcesthroughout your paper to support your analysis.
- It is important to draw from a more diverse pool of perspectives from varied sources to support the analysis. This is different from the Citations and Attributions rubric criterion.
- Reliable evidence from varied sources should be interwoven throughout the paper itself, while citing and attributing sources will be represented as APA in-text citations and a reference list at the end of your work.
- You will be evaluated on both criteria.
- Explain at least one way in which your analysis might have been differentif you had used one of the other general education lenses to analyze your topic.
- This should be a brief (3–5 sentences) reflection about how using the language and perspective from a different lens would shift your view of your topic.
- Explain how critically analyzing diversity adds value to interactions with peoplein a variety of contexts.
- Think about ways in which individual conversations are strengthened by a greater awareness of diversity. Consider including an example from your life.
- Describe how this course has helped you understand the role of diversity in society.
- Consider how having a better understanding of concepts such as bias, intersectionality, culture, and identity contributes to your perceptions of diversity in society. Also, how might your critical analysis skills impact how you approach topics of diversity?
What to Submit
Submit your short paper as a 1- to 2-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Sources should be cited according to APA style. Consult the Shapiro Library APA Style Guide for more information on citations.