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Suite 1000, MS 405
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, Ohio 43606
Phone: 419.530.2508

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Questions, Answers, and Facts

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Is the Office of Institutional Diversity responsible for all diversity outcomes?
What is The University of Toledo's Diversity Training Initiative and how is diversity defined at UT?
Why is The University of Toledo taking such an active role in cultural diversity?
In order to understand others, you must first understand yourself. True or False?
What is equal employment opportunity and affirmative action versus diversity?
Does having too much diversity weaken an organization?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, what do women earn compared to their male counterparts?
Is Hispanic a race?
How should you address a Hispanic gentleman if his name is printed as follows on his business card?
Is diversity just another buzz word?
By the year 2020 what population in the United States is expected to grow faster than the nation’s other racial groups?
How do we know when diversity training works?
How do you know if you are culturally competent?
The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo is the third Mosque ever built in America. True or False?
What is the best way to not make assumptions while learning about other cultures?
Did you know that Haskell Nations University is one of the oldest American Indian/Alaskan Native Universities in the United States?
Learn facts about the population of Lucas County, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.
What are the learning outcomes after attending a diversity training workshop?

 

Q: Is the Office of Institutional Diversity responsible for all diversity outcomes?
A: The office may provide leadership in establishing diversity programs and/or initiatives, but we all play a critical role in the failure or success in support of diversity programming. In order for diversity to be proactive, others have to support the journey towards cultural competency.

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What is The University of Toledo (UT) Diversity Training Initiative and how is diversity defined at UT?
A: The University of Toledo's diversity training initiative is designed to challenge our staff, faculty and students to recognize that diversity includes everyone and is not something that is simply defined by race or gender.The training curriculum illustrates that diversity extends to age, personality, background and education. Diversity also includes lifestyle, geographic origin and job classifications. The objectives of this curriculum are to introduce concepts of diversity, culture, to discuss cultural interactions, define cultural competency, develop an awareness of the impact of culture on healthcare interactions and to discuss practical applications.

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Why is The University of Toledo taking such an active role in cultural diversity?
A: The constituency which UT serves is becoming increasingly diverse. Cultural competence is an important part of a sound business plan, which includes moral, and ethical imperatives to provide culturally appropriate healthcare, education and research.

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In order to understand others, you must first understand yourself. True or False?
A: True. If you are aware of your own personal biases and assumptions about people with different values than yours, you will develop an appreciation of the uniqueness and of other individuals.

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What is equal employment opportunity and affirmative action versus diversity?
A:

EEO/AA
government initiated
legally driven
quantitative
amalgamation
is reactive
compliance

Diversity
company driven
productivity driven
qualitative
inclusive
is proactive
voluntary

Source: Workforce America! Managing Employee Diversity as A vital Resource, by Marilyn Loden & Judy B. Rosener, 1991, Irwin Professional Publishing

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Does having too much diversity weaken an organization?
A: No. While diversity is inevitable, it implies inclusiveness. Having diversity should not ostracize individuals or groups. The rationale for diversity is to provide opportunities where many perspectives and talents can be appreciated and utilized. True diversity is not about hiding differences. It is about capitalizing on them in order to make for a more productive and desirable work environment.

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, what do women earn compared to their male counterparts?
A: Women 70 cents on a dollar (as compared to their male counterparts)

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Is Hispanic a race?
A: Hispanic is a culture not a race. Persons of hispanic origin may be of any race. This culture has a common thread such as Spanish language.

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How should you address a Hispanic gentleman if his name is printed as follows on his business card? Ricardo Juan Hernandez y Perez.
A:

Many Hispanics or Latinos may have two surnames: a paternal name, from the father, which comes first, and a maternal name, from the mother which follows. Sometimes the two surnames are separated by "y" which means "and" in Spanish. In some cultures the concept of carrying forth the father's surname honors that lineage. Since Ricardo Juan Hernandez y Perez's father was Señor Hernandez, this is how you should address him. Another appropriate way of addressing individuals is not only by their title if know, but simply ask the individual how they would like to be addressed, instead of making an assumption.

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Is diversity just another buzz word?
A: Diversity is not a buzzword representing an unimportant concept. Diversity looks beyond race and gender issues. It is an awareness of many different people in the world. When we adapt to the idea of diversity one must increase their awareness, knowledge and skills. In order to decrease our preconceptions about other individuals and/or groups and build relationships, we must always seek out more information.

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By the year 2020 what population in the United States is expected to grow faster than the nation's other racial groups?
A: Asian-American

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How do we know when diversity training works?
A: Training is considered successful if a participant not only leaves the seminar with constructive awareness, understanding and tolerance, but with a willingness to apply the knowledge to various situations when dealing with other individuals and cultures.

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How do you know if you are culturally competent?
A: To understanding this process one has to conduct a self-assessment and think of the achievable ways in which to respond to cross-cultural differences, so that both parties benefit. Achieving cultural competence is a continuous journey.

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The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo is the third Mosque ever built in America.
True or False?
A: True. The mosque has been around since the early 1950's and since 1981 has been located at its current location. It is the grandest and most beautiful Mosque in America. It's unique design and structure lend it immediate recognition as a place of worship.

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What is the best way to not make assumptions while learning about other cultures?
A:
  • Identify your own cultural and family values and challenge them as the "norm".
  • Become aware of your personal biases and assumptions about people with different values than your own.
  • Learn more about cultural and family values that you do not understand.
  • Find out reasons for these values.
  • Become aware of how other groups are affected by being seen as different.

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Did you know that Haskell Nations University is one of the oldest American Indian/Alaskan Native Universities in the United States?
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Founded in 1884 in Lawrence, Kansas, Haskell Nations University was part of an effort to solve the "Indian problem" in the United States. The focus of this notion was to teach American Indian children the "American" way of life. The notion was that by removing them from their communities, they would not be influenced by their traditional cultures, which prohibited American Indians from becoming productive and acceptable members of American society.

Today, Haskell remains an institution dedicated to educating American Indians. Their focus, instead of eradicating tribal identity, is now a center for advanced academic study and cultural preservation, educating about 950 American Indian students. Haskell is one of 35 tribal colleges in the United States. For more information about the university check out the Haskell Nations University Web site.

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Fact: 

According to the 2000 U.S. Census:

  • 3.2 % of the Lucas County population are foreign born, while 11.1% of the U.S. population are foreign born.
  • 6.8% of the Lucas County population speak a language other than English at their home, while 17.9% of the U.S. population speak non-English languages in the home.
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What are the learning outcomes after attending a diversity training workshop?
A:

- Valuing diversity
- Respect for other cultural perspectives 
- Recognizing the harmful effects of stereotyping and intervene in the presence of it. 
- Challenging assumptions 
- Becoming an advocate for diversity in the workplace
- Recognizing that our internal diversity drives our behavior in cross-cultural encounters.
- Distinguishing between inclusiveness and divisiveness

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Last Updated: 6/26/15