Diversity has many definitions but only one true meaning. This concept Analysis is dedicated to exploring the broadened sense of diversity through active concepts with respect to term usage, and current literature research to support the understanding and relevance of the term itself.
Search Terms: Diversity, Ethnic Variety, and Variation
The dictionary definitions for the term “Diversity” are fairly similar in nature. The American Heritage Dictionary describes the following “The fact or quality of being diverse; difference” and also “A point or respect in which things differ…variety or multiformity”. Merriam-Webster describes the definition as “…Being composed of differing elements” and goes on to state, “the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization”. This definition shows much more regard for people that are multi-cultural. Dictionary.com describes another angle saying “A point of difference”. The Encarta online dictionary has, in my opinion, one of better definition sets. They state “A variety of something such as opinion, color, or style” and “…socioeconomic and gender variety, in a group, society, or institutions…a company committed to diversity”. After exploring the various definitions, I noticed that the terms may be interchangeable, but the words are used laterally.
When discussing related terms (Synonyms & Antonyms), we can begin to build our own definition, of which I will discuss later in this paper. I will list some of the synonyms related to diversity. Since there are multiple results, I will list the related terms that seem to best articulate the word diversity. Synonyms: array, assortment, choice, collection, combination, combo, dissimilarity, distinction, distinctiveness, divergence, diverseness, diversification, group, herrogeneity, hodgepodge, jumble, kind, medley, mixed bag, multiformity, multiplicity, range, unlikeness, variance, variegation, and variousness. Antonyms: agreement, conformity, equality, facsimile, homogeneousness, likeness, similarity, uniformity, and unity.
Over the past 25 years, society has shifted dramatically in a new direction. The demographic makeup of the United States continues to change drastically. Because of this change, everyone will be required to become increasingly aware of the people in their surroundings. Some may argue that diversity is based on gender, sex, creed, origin, or some other form of tangible trait however; diversity is much more than that. The American Nurses Association produces the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. This publication has written several scholarly articles about diversity and healthcare. The article, Many Faces, Campinha-Bacote, states “Diversity. It is a word that means something different to each and every person”. What a great definition. As I continue to do research I am seeing more and more information about diversity and other people’s...