Q: That sounds very lofty. Most of the time people think that having students of many races is diversity. Having a 37% black, 35% Hispanic, and 18% white student population is someone’s idea of a diverse population. I know that is not your opinion. What is diversity?
A: Diversity means that one recognizes that no one person has a monopoly on the truth or a particular way of thinking. People should be judged on the power of their intellect, the kindness of their heart, and the generosity of their spirit. The forms that ask about racial diversity are silly. Diversity has many layers because we belong to different communities simultaneously. Examples of the basis or commonality for communities include: geographical proximity or groups based on religious, ethnic, physical, gender, intellectual, professional, or recreational interests. Creating a diverse organization is difficult because it takes people out of their comfort zone. People tend to like those whom they share some sort of common interest or other commonality. People can respect a person who is different as long as they conform.
Teams need several kinds of people. Leaders don’t need people who always agree with them. They need many points of view to create solutions that work. Diversity brings new information to the organization. In a 2014 article Katherine W. Phillips says, “Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working.” 
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