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Diversity, Words and, Terminology
By Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP, CITM
The Most Common Diversity Categories
Here is a list of the most common diversity categories used in training workshops, discussion groups and during conferences and conventions. Diversity categories, titles and, topics evolve and change from time to time like any other dynamic topic, so don't stress out about etching them in your memory bank. It's important to recognize that "one size does not fit all." The terminology for one person may differ from another person in the same ethnic/gender/racial group.
For example, some prefer the term Hispanic, while others like to be called Latino. Others may simply prefer Chicano. And women can be addressed as Latina. All four words describe the vibrant, spirited complexity of the Spanish Speaking community in America.
So give it a whirl. Choose a word or term and brush up on your diversity proficiency both on and off your job.
Class/Household Income/Economic Status
White Americans/European Americans/Caucasians
Asian American/Pacific Islander/South Asian American
Native American/American Indian
Arab American/Middle East American
Sexual Orientation: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Heterosexual
Gender Identities: Male/Female/Transgender, etc.
Persons With Disabilities
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