Cultural diversity is VITAL, and should not be an option in the 21st-century workplace.
Cultural diversity for every person is a vital aspect of human interaction providing respect and dignity to each other. Understanding and behaving in a respectful manner to other human beings of all races and colors should not be considered as an option in the 21st-century workplace. Now, although this is a correct statement, we all know some individuals harbor severe animosity, bias, and hate towards others. Bluntly, this is not an educated perspective. We as humans will all die. Our brief time on earth is short. Therefore, doesn’t it make common sense that all humans are created equal? Unfortunately, this view and perspective seem to be hard issues for some to grasp and adhere to!!
Persistence and education are key!
Human and cultural diversity issues remain at the forefront of many aspects of American life. Most agencies have made the adverse consequences of racial bias very clear to their employees. Few law enforcement officers, if any, would admit to having biases or practicing racial profiling. Still, there are employees at agencies across the nation who grumble that women should not staff special tactical units, or that members of the Gay, Bi, Lesbian, Transgender (GBLT) community have no place in policing. Some officers complain that “America is for Americans” and allow their cultural biases to influence their perceptions of which groups fit within their definition of “Americans.”
This training will help you to better serve your agency as well as your community. We all have biases and this training will not likely eliminate them, but it may help you look at situations involving people with different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs from a new angle. This training certainly does not suggest that you adopt the cultures/beliefs/attitudes of others. But by understanding the views and ways of others and learning to allow our views to exist harmoniously with theirs, we will undoubtedly work and play better with others in our professional and personal lives. This training does not seek to specifically identify what various groups “like” or “don’t like” but instead suggests ways to approach and deal with differences.