Reframing the Conversation on Diversity
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As the United States in general, and Missouri in particular, grows more and more diverse not only in terms of race, languages and religions; but also in terms of age, sexual orientation and family structure; we are facing additional interaction with people of different cultural and social values. We need the opportunity to raise the levels for self-reflection to reframe the conversation on diversity to discuss, discover and understand who we are before we can understand the other. The level of self-reflection in a conversation around cultural diversity will help us recognizing that our well-being and that of others are interdependent and intertwined. Our Intent with this workshop is to: increase awareness of the different dimensions of diversity; examine own cultural identity, own attitudes, perceptions and feelings about diversity; and become aware of skills and resources to manage crucial conversations.