Diversity Consciousness:Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures, and Opportunities

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For courses in Success/Orientation, Race and Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity in the Workplace (Business Management), Interpersonal Human Relations, Sociology, and Allied Health/Human Services; also for teacher-training education courses, and staff/professional development workshops.

This empowering study on human diversity helps students develop the ability to understand, respect, and value diversity—and demonstrates how opening one's mind to the views of other peoples and cultures is central for a quality education and successful career. Personalizing the learning experience by integrating a variety of real-life student experiences and perspectives, it discusses topics in a style that promotes self-reflection and dialogue that is inclusive and not condescending. Complete with self-reflective journal questions, case studies, and interactive exercises, it discusses diversity and workplace issues—such as teamwork, conflict management, leadership, racism, prejudice, and communication; and zeroes in on the relationship between an employee's success and his/her ability to develop flexible thinking to positively and effectively deal with a variety of diversity issues.

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"Although well researched and emprically grounded, Diversity Consciousness is not targeted towards academicians; rather, it is student-oriented...Bucher's case studies, an addition from the first edition, are a pedagogical gold mine."--- Teaching Sociology, Matthew Oware, DePauw University

 

"A wealth of scenarios, exercises, and practical information in the book illustrates the importance of diversity in achieving equity, intercultural understanding and cooperative success." – Teaching Tolerance magazine




"Diversity Consciousness is clearly well researched. Rich Bucher has written it in a thoughtful manner so the reader can not only grasp the range and depth of a wide range of diversity concepts, but can also apply critical skills to address diversity issues we experience in everyday life." – Gary Izumo, educator and author




"College students must know and understand diversity in order to value it and to develop a diversity consciousness which allows them to negotiate their way through personal, college, and workplace communities. I believe students will respond well to this text book overall ...they will especially appreciate the students' voices represented in the text." – Kathleen C. York, Community College of Denver




"Richard Bucher's work makes a major contribution to a clearer understanding of how and why diversity is crucial to the basic prosperity and future survival of our country." – Franklin D. Raines, Chairman and CEO of Fannie Mae


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Diversity Consciousness is user friendly, that is, the students find it easy to read and yet it does not achieve this by “dumbing down” the content.  Also, the organization of the book seems to help the student move through what can be a very difficult and troubling subject.”

--John Rushing, Barry University

"Diversity Consciousness can provide an inclusive roadmap for understanding and dialoguing about differences.  I wish that this book had been available to me as an undergraduate.  What I value in this book are the stories, the exercises and opportunities to listen through others about their experiences on various topics.  The tools in this book and the dialogue are essential to having an understanding of how to navigate through our diverse society."--Brenda Thompson, Principal Consultant for Diversity, MGM Mirage This empowering study of human diversity helps readers develop the ability to understand, respect, and value diversity – and demonstrates how opening one’s mind to the views of other people and cultures is central for a quality education and successful career. Bucher’s inclusive, balanced, and well-researched approach to diversity promotes self-reflection and personal accountability.  The author makes it clear that developing diversity consciousness is a lifelong, incremental process that requires an ongoing commitment to learning and personal growth.  Utilizing his strong academic background in the field of diversity and his many years of teaching and training experience, Bucher engages readers and promotes learning in a variety of ways.  These include: ·         self-reflective journal questions·         interactive exercises on a wide range of topics, including teamwork, conflict management, leadership, racism, prejudice, and communication·         thought-provoking student perspectives throughout·         real-life case studies and  personal accounts (“profiles in diversity consciousness”) Please visit our online catalog at www.pearsonhighered.com for additional information and resources.  

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