The Bell-Shaped Curve: Alive, Well and Living in Diversity Rhetoric

By Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen Gilson.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In this paper, we analyze current diversity languages and images and illustrate how the term diversity has been apprehended as a grand narrative that obfuscates the bell curve, its inherent foundation, and its potential to derail efforts to advance equality of opportunity, rights, and access to resources. We proceed with analysis and illustration of the bell curve as destructive to progressive views of diversity and conclude with the call for clarifying and teasing apart the concept of diversity from group specific disparity and marginalization as the basis for promoting global tolerance and acceptance.

Keywords: Diversity Rhetoric, Bell Curve

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.253-260. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 798.854KB).

Dr. Elizabeth DePoy

Professor, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA

Dr. Elizabeth DePoy is currently the Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies at the University of Maine, focusing her scholarship and theory on diversity and informing the creation of inclusive communities. She has authored and co-authored over 50 articles and books, and recently has produced multi-media, universally accessible texts with co-author, Dr. Stephen Gilson. Dr. DePoy is currently pursuing several collaborative research agendas all aimed at advancing universal access to community resources including web and electronic information. Dr. DePoy presents her work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has collaborative relationships with international scholars. In service, Dr. DePoy provides expertise in research and evaluation design through a private, non-profit organization, Evaluation Practice.

Dr. Stephen Gilson

Professor, Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA

Dr. Stephen Gilson is currently professor of Interdisciplinary Disability Studies at the University of Maine, focusing his scholarship and theory on diversity policy and the promotion of inclusive environments. He has authored and co-authored over 40 articles and books, and recently has co-produced multi-media, universally accessible texts with co-author, Dr. Elizabeth DePoy. Dr. Gilson is currently pursuing several collaborative research agendas all aimed at advancing universal access to community resources including web and electronic information. Dr. Gilson presents his work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has collaborative relationships with international scholars. In service, Dr. Gilson provides expertise in policy analysis and evaluation design through a private, non-profit organization, Evaluation Practice.

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