We live in a multicultural society, and embracing the values of various cultures only strengthens our understanding and appreciation of the world. This October, celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month and pay tribute to the diverse minds and beliefs held by all cultures around the world. Open your mind to new views and ideas, appreciate cultural differences, and enjoy a fresh perspective you may have been missing. It helps you become a true citizen of the world.
Global Diversity Awareness Month timeline
Our changing ethnicities and cultures
Asian and mixed-race people are the two fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population. Both groups increased 3 percent from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016
- September 2016
UN summit on refugees and migrants
The stated goal is to bring countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. The summit played a key role in efforts to strengthen governance of international migration.
- August 28, 1963
“I have a dream”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It was a defining moment of the civil rights movement.
- October 28, 1886
The Statue of Liberty opened her arms to all cultures and peoples
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
How to Observe Global Diversity Awareness Month
Whether it’s the Cuban Salsa, the Argentinean Tango, the Indian Shastriya Nritya, or the Russian Ballet, learn to appreciate the different movements and underlying culture born around the world.
Go to a multicultural museum.
Enjoy the artistic achievements from all around the globe. Gaze upon the genius that artists offer to everyone, and appreciate the cultural influence they used to inspire them.
Host a multicultural potluck.
Gather with some friends and family, and invite everyone to bring a dish from a different country and culture. Enjoy unexplored flavors, and discover an unexpected treat.
5 Ways We're All Better Because Of Diversity
Diversity prepares you for work in a global society
No matter what profession you enter, you'll find yourself working with employers, coworkers, and clients from diverse backgrounds. By experiencing diversity, you are laying the groundwork to be comfortable working and interacting with a variety of individuals of all nationalities.
Diversity increases your knowledge
Research consistently shows that we learn more from people who are different from us than we do from people who are similar to us.
Diversity prepares you for career success
America's workforce is more diverse than ever. Learning to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds will increase your ability to work cohesively.
Diversity enhances social development
Interacting with people from a variety of groups widens your social circle by expanding the pool of people with whom you can associate and develop relationships.
Diversity enhances self-awareness
Learning from people whose backgrounds and experiences differ from your own allows you to compare and contrast your life experiences with others.
Why Global Diversity Awareness Month is Important
Cultural diversity is important.
Societies around the world increasingly consist of various cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. Learning to appreciate and to better understand one another will lead to new relationships and collaboration.
In the end we are all the same.
Though we may differ in our languages, race, values, politics, religion, and philosophies, we are all, in the end, members of humankind. The recognition of a common humanity is the first step in the celebration of our differences.
Diversity helps us grow.
Diversity is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. In an ever-evolving world, we must embrace different views apart from our own — and enjoy the fresh perspectives from others — in order to continue to grow culturally and intellectually.