Understanding Diversity

Title: Understanding Diversity

Purpose: To reflect on our own understanding of diversity.

Resources: This essay is a reflection exercise.

Activity Instructions:

After reading chapter 5 of the textbook: de Janasz, S., Dowd, K., & Schneider, B. (2018). Interpersonal skills in organizations (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

ISBN: 9781259911637,

complete this activity. You have learned about the skill of understanding and managing diversity – what it is, why it is important, and how to improve your skill in these areas.

Answer the questions below in comprehensive, complete sentences. Do not provide brief answers. Instead, compose at least 4-5 full sentences (i.e., a complete paragraph) that answer each of the posed thought-provoking discussions.

Explain the difference between valuing and managing diversity and provide examples for each. Show how communication affects this process.
Using a variety of concepts that were introduced in your chapter, identify, define and explain the one or two areas regarding understanding or managing diversity in which you are the strongest.
Using a variety of concepts that were introduced in your chapter, identify, define and explain the one or two areas of understanding or managing diversity in which you need more improvement.
If you did not change or improve in this area, discuss how it would affect your personal and professional life.
Identify, define and explain one barrier to accepting diversity that you experienced/observed and discuss how you would address it.
Select one of the five dimensions of cross-cultural differences. Explain the meaning and offer a specific example to show how it impacts cross-cultural communication (from your own experiences, or from what you learned through your research).
Name individual diversity strategies discussed in your chapter. Select one and explain how you might apply it moving forward to help gain awareness and improve your ability to understand and relate to others.
Think back on the questions and identify a few that were more difficult to complete than others. Explain why.
What did you learn about yourself in this exercise?
Please remember that your task is to not only write your own assessment, but to show that you are able to draw connections between your readings and your reflection. Use concepts and theories from the appropriate chapters, explain your understanding of their application, and show how they help you understand yourself. Remember to cite properly in-text (Author, YEAR) and at the end of your reflection with a fully formatted APA reference.

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After you have completed and proofread your assignment, I encourage you to send it to the Writing Lab for extra checking (see announcement). Using the OWL will help you earn a higher grade on all written assignments submitted in the class.

Resources

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Integrating and Citing Sources in Essays

Examples of Integrating and Citing Sources in Your Essay

Examples of an in-text citation:

According to Social Information Processing Theory, senders of the message utilize a variety of options, such as timing, style, and verbiage content to create as favorable interaction environment as possible (Walther, 1992).

Social presence spans a variety of contexts, including organizational, instructional, and relational communication encounters (Maguire, Heinemann-Lafave, & Connaughton, in press).

Examples of properly formatted references for these in-text citations (provided at the end of the document):

References:

Maguire, K., Heinemann-LaFave, D.S., & Connaughton, S.L. (2018). Social presence and online relating: A cross-contextual view. In L. Webb & K. Wright (Eds.), Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships, 2nd ed. Cresskill, NJ: Peter Lang.

Walther, J. B. (1992). Interpersonal effects in computer-mediated interaction: A relational perspective. Communication Research, 19, 52-90. doi:10.1177/009365092019001003

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