Bridging Divergent Diversity Standpoints & Ideologies: Organizational Initiatives and Trainings

By Hannah Oliha and Mary Jane Collier.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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A compelling phenomenon in 21st century organizations, diversity ‘talk,’ programming and policy initiatives are becoming more prevalent. Just as prevalent is the fragmentation caused by simultaneously occurring views of diversity that go unrecognized in present conversations and initiatives around diversity. This paper presents the importance of considering multiple views of diversity in bridging differences in standpoints and building healthy organizations with regard to diversity. Four views of diversity are presented, along with strategies for engaging these voices/perspectives.

Keywords: Diversity, Standpoint, Equity, Inclusion, Ideologies, Facilitation Strategies

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.61-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 657.129KB).

Hannah Oliha

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Communication & Journalism, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Hannah Oliha is a candidate for a doctoral degree in Intercultural Communication in the Department of Communication & Journalism, University of New Mexico. She received her MA in Management from Hamline University and has served as a Director of Multicultural Affairs. Her dissertation focuses on U.S. campus leaders’ views and experiences with diversity. Her research considers the performance and resistance of racial hierarchy, and its contemporary implications for social justice.

Prof. Mary Jane Collier

Professor, University of New Mexico, Department of Communication & Journalism, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Mary Jane Collier is a Professor of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico. She has held faculty appointments and/or served as department head at the University of Denver, Oregon State University, and California State University, Los Angeles. Professor Collier has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and at Birkbeck College at the University of London. She was editor of volumes 23-25 of The International and Intercultural Communication Annual, published by SAGE, with themes addressing cultural difference in discourse, transforming communication about culture, and intercultural alliances. Her areas of research specialization are: negotiation of intersecting cultural identifications (including national, ethnic, racial, gender and class-based) in communicative discourses; the role of culture and communication in conflict and conflict transformation with critical attention to community building; and negotiation of intercultural relationships and alliances in projects related to social change and social justice. Her work appears in a variety of books and journals including the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.

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