A Space for Gray: The Dialogue between Diverse Voices

By Debbie R. Schallock.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

A Space for Gray is where the dialogue between diverse voices is constituted. Applied to an organization, a Space for Gray encourages difference to exist on the merit of its own standards without seeking commonalities to justify those standards. The dialogic exchange occurs without persuasion through power or logic and alternative perspectives are promoted to deepen awareness and cause radical encounters with otherness.

A Space for Gray also provides a framework for understanding how diverse identities are constructed through life experiences and how this influences communication with others. It encourages mutual adaptation or redefinition among organizational members. Ultimately, a Space for Gray can link leadership communication and diversity to organizational change and promote creativity and innovation by fostering difference.

Keywords: Difference, Diversity, Globalization, Organizational Communication, Otherness, Interconnectivity

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.156MB).

Debbie R. Schallock

Director, Marketing, University Relations, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Debbie received an MA in Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an emphasis in organizational communication. After conducting two studies abroad while in graduate school, her scholarly interests also include cross-cultural communication and management. Debbie has a BA in Mass Communication from Elon University.

Professionally, Debbie is the Director of Marketing for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an active member of the Society for Intercultural Training, Education and Research (SIETAR), the International Communication Association (ICA), the American Marketing Association (AMA), and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).


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