Importance of Diversity

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Importance of Diversity (1:26)

“Different people come from different perspectives and different way of thinking and solving problems also from their culture, from their ethnic background, from who they are. And that diversity brings different ways of how people solve problems, and that’s what creates an incredibly functioning team.”

Role models in order of appearance: Paula Harris, Daisy Galeana, Susan Nicholas, M.D., Shacara Johnson, and Celia Dominguez, Ph.D.

Video Transcript

One of the most valuable things to any group is diversity. Different people think in different ways with their own kind of what they come to the table with: their own upbringing, their own education, their own culture.

We live in a world economy. So if you have people that are bilingual, if you send somebody like me to speak Spanish to go and make business in Mexico or anywhere in Latin America, I can speak their language. I can sell more engines over there than somebody that doesn’t speak their language. It has proven that the more diverse the company is in this today’s world economy, it becomes more profitable.

Any industry that’s failed to diversify particularly with their people or their talent, tends to fall behind competitors that do diversify.

Be more diligent about making sure that we’re open to other individuals, regardless of their backgrounds or what language they may speak or what they may look like and/or what gender they may be.

Different people come from different perspectives and different way of thinking and solving problems also from their culture, from their ethnic background, from who they are. And that diversity brings different ways of how people solve problems, and that’s what creates an incredibly functioning team.

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Guide: This all-purpose guide can be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion about the importance of diversity.

Classroom Lesson Plan

How can being multilingual help you prepare for a great career? The role models in this video can help you learn the value of diverse languages and other differences we all have.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

Empowerment Activities

Use Empowerment Activities as a fun way to reinforce the video topic and build community with your students.

Fun Page Activity

Fun Page Activity: Learning about other languages helps people live and work together. Get a head start by learning to say “Hello” in 10 languages!

Teacher Tip Sheet: 15 examples of how to say hello in different countries and languages. Use this with the Importance of Diversity Fun Page Activity.