Dialogue: The Gateway to Diversity

By Keith Cunningham.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Dialogue has been receiving considerable attention over the past ten or more years, especially with the advent of diversity strategies across different communities. However, very few people have caught on to its methodologies and the varying benefits to be derived from its use. Expert communicators have been using dialogue as an effective tool to foster safety without which conversations that appear controversial or unpopular can come to a grinding halt. This research paper examines various dialogue tools that experts use to avoid communication pitfalls that can easily derail a conversation from realizing its desired goals as they engage homogeneous and non-homogeneous communities around best practices. It identifies some major downsides to diversity, key features that distinguish a dialogue from a discussion, discusses the different components of a pictorial diagram of a dialogue process that has been developed by experts and examines steps facilitators may take to capitalize on the free flow of relevant information in spite of the many challenges that they are likely to encounter in the information exchange process.

Keywords: Dialogue Process, Diversity, Best Practices, Capitalize, Downsides to Diversity, Homogeneous and Non-homogeneous Communities, Information Exchange Process, Steps Facilitators may take, Relevant Information, The Strengths of Pooled Information Exchange, Pictorial Diagram Components

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.213-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 795.156KB).

Keith Cunningham

Outreach Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Prevention/Outreach Department, The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Keith Cunningham is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention in Toronto: an AIDS service organization that serves Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. He is currently reading for a MS in Clinical Psychology – Counseling at Walden University, Maryland. Keith has extensive experiences in community engagement, program and organizational development as well as human resources and financial management. He holds an MBA and has experiences working in none-for-profit, private and public sector organizations both in Jamaica and Canada. Keith hosts monthly sexual health education and prevention program at CHRY 105.5FM Community Radio broadcasting out of York University, Toronto, which addresses key areas such as HIV/AIDS-related stigma, homophobia, other sexual health barriers that often derail the effective dissemination of the sexual health messages targeting the specific communities. On April 28, 2011, he appeared on CBC Radio Montreal “Home Run Show” to speak about growing up in Jamaica as a gay man in direct support of Fondation Emergence Inc awareness campaign “Loving Your Children Just the Way They Are”, which was geared towards Quebec’s LGBT ethnic communities.

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