Global And Cultural Diversity

Exploring Intercultural Competence/ Diversity

As a college we have been asked to use the rubric that is attached to this assignment to reflect on issues of Global and Social Diversity. The list of questions is an attempt to have you think and write about your thoughts on personal culture/bias/social diversity/your world view etc. (Your answers will not be shared with anyone)

1. We all grow up experiencing the culture of our families and communities. List and explain 4 rules/customs that you, your family and/or your community follows. (Awareness)

2. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being not very aware to 5 being very aware) how aware would you say you are of your own culture? (Awareness)

3. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being not very aware to 5 being very aware) When making new friends, do you find that you seek out people that are similar or different than you? (Awareness)

4. What other cultures are you familiar with? What have you learned about these cultures (for example their history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, beliefs and practices. (World View)

5. When you think about the world and different cultures/religions do you find yourself judging other views/lifestyles or beliefs? Or are you more likely to read, research and questions things you don’t know? (Empathy)

6. Has someone ever been biased toward you because of your beliefs? How did that make you feel? Did you find that you could still empathize with someone who was biased against you? (Empathy)

7. Communication is not limited to just words. We communicate through personal space, hand gestures and voice tone and body language. Have you experienced miscommunications with someone of another culture due to any of these factors? Or have you been misunderstood due to any of these factors? Give an example that describes what happened. (Verbal and Non-verbal Communication)

8. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being not very curious to 5 being very curious). Are you curious about the world and people that act and believe differently than you do?

9. What are five experiences (Cultural Bucket List) you would like to have to increase your cultural awareness? (Curiosity)

10. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 indicates you are rather closed and 5 indicating that you are very open), how would you rate your attitude/openness to other cultures? Are you eager to learn about new cultures or are you more cautious when it comes to being around people who appear different? (Openness)

11. When you find yourself in a new situation where you are out of your comfort zone do you find that you make judgements or can you suspend your judgments at least until you have learned more about the new experience? (Openness)

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