Are You Familiar with These Types of Diversity on Campus?

Posted by Alec Jandorek on 21 February 2017 |

Most college campuses have a very diverse student body. And, while some forms of diversity are well-known, such as race, religion or ethnicity, some are not as apparent.

In fact, many qualities that make people diverse are impossible to see with the naked eye. And these types of diversity can be just as important as others.

As we have noted before, there are countless benefits of having a diverse student body campus, as well as diversity among faculty. Exposing students to different points of views can only benefit their education—especially the ones maybe haven’t thought of.

What Are Some Less Familiar Types of Diversity?

As we have noted, diversity can come in many different forms. And exposing students to these different types of diversity will help them understand the challenges their peers face. So what are some lesser known types of diversity? Well, we've compiled a list:

  1. Marital and parental status
  2. Sexual orientation
  3. Height, weight, and appearance
  4. Level of education
  5. Family background
  6. Economic class
  7. Upbringing
  8. Food choices
  9. Working and parenting styles
  10. Major life experiences
  11. Travel experiences
  12. Work history
  13. Communication style


As you can see, the list here is quite long, but it barely scratches the surface. There are still many other qualities people have contribute to the diversity of your campus.

are you familiar with these types of diversity on campusBut with increased diversity, comes different challenges you’ll need to address. For instance, a student might want to join an intramural sports team but is not given the chance because of negative assumptions about their abilities due to their weight. This student might have the skills necessary to be a productive member of the team, but may not get the chance to prove themselves.

While you probably can't prevent all types of bullying and exclusion, investing in a diversity and inclusion plan is definitely a step in the right direction. Additionally, promoting diversity on your campus only benefits your students in the long run. The world is a very diverse place, and teaching your students about its benefits will set them up for success.

Conclusion

As we have stated before, embracing the diversity in your campus offers tremendous benefits to students. And training is a great way to help introduce many of these topics and issues so that you can invite faculty and students to lifelong learning.

However, training your students about diversity and inclusion issues isn’t always easy. Campus Answers is here to help. We offer a suite of diversity and inclusion training for your entire campus: faculty, administrators, staff and students. Use the form on the right to request your demo today.

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