Why Does Diversity Matter at College Anyway?

Having experienced the recent one world week at one of my local colleges, http://www.strode-college.ac.uk/student_life/288 which I know is replicated across other institutions, and having discussed the need for greater awareness of the Diversity agenda within our work with colleagues I though it would be useful to summarise the 8 reasons why diversity does matter in education. It is from an American posting, (hence the use of a phrase such as liberal arts), but is quite a useful listing by authors of the book Diversity and the College Experience. The headline reasons are:-

1. Diversity expands worldliness.

2. Diversity enhances social development.

3. Diversity prepares students for future career success.

4. Diversity prepares students for work in a global society.

5. Interactions with people different from ourselves increase our knowledge base.

6. Diversity promotes creative thinking.

7. Diversity enhances self-awareness.

8. Diversity enriches the multiple perspectives developed by a liberal arts education.

You can read a fuller summary of this here: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/professors-guide/2009/08/12/why-does-diversity-matter-at-college-anyway.html

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