Diversity is More than Skin Deep: Developing Cultural Understanding

By Patricia Coberly.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In a racially diverse city experiencing decades of poverty, cultural diversity is viewed through project-based assignments and guided field experiences as graduate students discover diversity is deeper than skin color.

Keywords: Education, Poverty, Race, Community, African American, Cultural Diversity

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.83-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 849.655KB).

Dr. Patricia Coberly

Since receiving master and doctoral degrees in Adult Education ten years ago, the author has been teaching graduate classes in a culturally diverse southern American city. Three years ago the city mayor brought together community leaders from business, education, industry, etc., and gave the the group the task of reducing the level of poverty locally. When the background research was complete it was discovered that poverty was disproportionate by race and gender. In a neighbourhood Coberly is involved with, considered one of the five poorest in the county, 99% of the residents are African American and female heads of household - a group which tends to move out of poverty more slowly than any other.


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