DIVERSITY TIP OF THE WEEK: Learn to "See" Yourself through a Different Point of View

Event Type(s): Other,Diversity

We often don't recognize our own culture or ethnicity; we only see the other person's. For example, "Let's get some ethnic food," as if the food we typically eat has no ethnic origin. Or: "Those people have culture!," as if our own values and expressions are universal or "beyond culture." Or: "What a difficult accent!," implying that the way we pronounce words isn't difficult at times for people from another region or country.These kinds of comments can potentially marginalize people who are in the minority by conveying that they are not "normal". So it's important when we interact with people to try to look at things from their perspective, not just our own.

--Contributed by Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D.

For more information, contact:
Jenny Denton
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
+1 301 405 6810

www.diversity.umd.edu




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