Respect for diversity
Please view the following TED Talks video:
Hobson, M.(2014, March). Color blind or color brave?[Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/mellody_hobson_color_blind_or_color_brave?language=en
The topic of race can be extremely uncomfortable. What is it about this conversation that makes us so uncomfortable?
In the video, Mellody Hobson says the following:
”We have to be willing to have proactive conversations about race with honesty and understanding and courage, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do, because our businesses and our products and our science, our research, all of that will be better with greater diversity.”
What do you think she means by this? Why is our life better when there is greater diversity?
How can you, as an individual, attempt to be color brave instead of color blind?
Why is it important to be aware of diverse characteristics of others? What are some actions you can take to demonstrate respect for Diversity when working with children? If a group of parents came to you, an educator or a mental health professional working with children, and told you they did not want you trying to change their children’s beliefs about a culturally different group in the school, how would you respond? Discuss some of the challenges to Diversity we face today. As you read the answers posted by your classmates, what similarities or differences are you seeing in their approaches to diversity?