5.0 Introduction

Learning Objectives

In this chapter you will learn about the benefits of your diverse learning environment at Fanshawe College and how our differences impact how we communicate and connect with one another.

By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain what diversity means
  • Evaluate and make informed decisions about your own beliefs
  • Identify the benefits of diversity and how you can expand your global intelligence, through action
  • Identify resources that can help you take responsibility for your own learning journey
  • Recognize how academic success connects to career success

Global CitizenshipSuccessful student use their college experience to meet new people and gain understanding of others’ viewpoints. Sometimes, we can have preformed ideas about people who are different than we are and may feel more comfortable with people who are “like” us. However, by starting with being open to getting to know people as individuals, we can break down many barriers and misconceptions. This can help you become a better global citizen as well as better understand the values of multiculturalism that we hold dear in Canadian society.

Multiculturalism involves an attitude of respect for the feelings, ideas, behaviours, and experiences of others who differ from oneself in any way.

Learning about different people can help us learn more about ourselves. We may have ideas about what is customary behaviour and we may have negative reactions when someone does something different. To prevent or resolve conflicts that may occur in any social interaction, you should;

  • maintain an attitude of respect for others,
  • develop your listening skills,
  • be open minded and willing to compromise, and
  • know how to work together calmly to resolve conflicts.

Communicating and conflict management will be explored in the next chapter.

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