Appreciating Diversity: Living in a Multicultural World

Appreciating Diversity: Living in a Multicultural World

Mental Health Tips from William James College Faculty: Appreciating Diversity: Living in a Multicultural World, by Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD, Director of the Lucero Latino Mental Health Program; Core Faculty, Counseling Psychology Department.

Tips for Appreciating and Embracing Diversity

Respecting and appreciating diversity begins with a critical evaluation of ourselves. We can begin to appreciate diversity by:

  • Increasing our understanding of our own and others’ worldview
  • Examining critically our attitudes towards people who are different from us
  • Identifying the origin of our negative reactions and recognizing our biases
  • Being willing to talk, listen, and learn
  • Being aware how discrimination operates, who it privileges, and who it harms
  • Speaking out against insensitive remarks and discriminatory behaviors
  • Respecting and accepting differences
  • Creating and/or allowing space for different activities, routines, practices
  • Respecting and supporting difference in our institutions and communities
  • Acting as a role model
  • Human diversity is a gift. Appreciating and celebrating this can help us all lead happier and more productive lives.


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