Diversity And Inclusion: Learning Journal Activity One: Essay

Length: 4 pages Sources: 4 Subject: Race Type: Essay Paper: #51376457 Related Topics: Workplace Diversity, Diversity, Learning Disabilities, Cultural Diversity
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Diversity and Inclusion: Learning Journal

Activity One: Bias and Judgment

The workplace is becoming increasingly diverse. Numerous laws have been enacted to curb discrimination and make the workplace more inclusive of minorities; however, prejudice and bias still remain a major problem in work settings. In fact, as O'Brien (2013) points out, most people do not even know that they are biased, and so, they do not do anything to correct the same. I took the IAT test for race and gender to determine my degree of bias towards people of different genders and races. The scores and their corresponding interpretations were as follows:

Race: Preference score 2 - I moderately prefer whites to blacks

Warmth Score 6 -- harbor more warmth for whites than blacks

Gender Preference score 1 -- I strongly prefer males to females

Warmth Score 9 -- harbor more warmth for males than females

I partly agree with these scores. There was this time when I was chosen to lead a sales drive for a newly-launched product among university students, and I had to pick twenty students from each of the three universities within my assigned zone to be part of the sales campaign. From the very onset, I had this preference for male candidates, and wanted all the three teams to be led by males because I considered males to be more aggressive and work-driven and females. Well, I had my way, and had the three groups led by males; but we encountered a lot of difficulty winning female customers, and since the organization had specific targets for both and female customers, we ended up losing the number one spot to a different group. Perhaps we would have reached the target and made better sales for the organization if I had not underrated the performance and ability of female candidates. I keep thinking that females would have better understood the needs of female clients...

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They range from quotas granting a specific number of admission spots to minorities, to selection policies granting minorities lower entry points. Besides bringing about balanced representation, affirmative action is geared at compensating minorities for wrongs committed against their forefathers in the past. Based on my undergraduate experience, I have no doubt that affirmative action plans have made the university community more diverse, and students more appreciative of cultural differences. However, I think they raise some serious ethical questions. First, they unfairly breed grounds for reverse discrimination because they work to deny qualified and deserving majority students a chance at success just because the university admission policy requires there to be a specific number of minority students in the total admissions made every year. Secondly, they lower the accountability standards needed to drive minority students to work hard -- I mean, why work hard to attain a GPA of 4.0 if you can obtain a university admission with 3.2? Thirdly, affirmative action, in my view, is condescending to minority students, painting a false image that they cannot succeed on their own, and need some kind of assistance to be able to match up to their majority counterparts. I think the concept of affirmative action was initiated with very good intentions; however, as long as these ethical concerns still exist, I remain a strong skeptic, particularly of the quota strategy.

Activity 3: Commitment to a Work Group

I am highly committed to the groups that I work with at my place of work, some of which have been operational for more than a year. My…

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References

Alonso, M. (2012). Best Inclusion Practices: LGBT Diversity. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan

Community Tool Box. (2014). Strategies and Activities for Reducing Racial Prejudice and Racism. Kaplan University. Retrieved 22 March 2015 from http://ctb.dept.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/culture/cultural-competence/reduce-prejudice-racism/main

O'Brien, R. (2013). Bodies in Revolt: Gender Disability and a Workplace Ethic of Care. New York, NY: Routledge

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (2001). Affirmative Action. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 24 March 2015 from http://www.civilrights.org/resources/civilrights101/affirmaction.html


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