So we always hear the term “diversity” thrown about as something we need to achieve. I went to schools that actively recruited students from around the globe. I post on several forums that mention it somewhere in their vision or mission statement as to what the site hopes to gain. They make claims as to how diverse their communities and views are.
But I think most of them are just yanking their own chains. They are really all about diversity when THEY are the majority. Many of them are the first to leave communities where they aren’t members of the dominant culture and don’t feel welcome or don’t fit in. But when someone else makes that claim about their community, they are laughed off.
So is hoping for diversity enough or should we really strive to be diverse? Should we just think that because there are members of various races/nationalities/sexual orientations/religions/political parties/whatever that there is diversity- or should we also seek a diversity of opinions and ideas? Because you have gay friends, does that mean there is diversity if you all share the same views on homosexuality? Because you have some non-Christian friends, does that mean there is diversity if you are all politically conservative?
For those of you who belong to communities where you’re not the majority- what drew you to that community? Why did you stay? What would make you interested in belonging to a group where you aren’t one of the majority? Do you feel you get more out of communities where you are in the majority or the minority?
In other words, how does a group- be it online, a school, a place of employment, a club or whatever- attract members of all walks of life and really make them feel at home? Is that possible? Or is it just wishful thinking?