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CRE101 Culture and Society

This guide is meant to provide resources for the cultural diversity modules in CRE101.

Questions to Consider

1) Explain the difference between equity and equality. 

2) What does diversity mean to you?

3) Do you live, work, or go to school in an inclusive environment? 

Articles

Videos

 Inclusion, Exclusion, Illusion and Collusion 

In-group vs out-group. It sounds like a horrid high school flashback. But Helen Turnbull asserts that each of us has an 'in-group' and 'out-group' and to form a part of the 'in-group', others must simply be like us.

In her engaging talk, Turnbull explains that the neuro pathways used when we think about ourselves (i.e. very fondly) are the same neuro pathways used when we think about other members of our in-group, making us sympathetic to this group of people. Equally, our apathy towards the out-group means we care little about their success or failures.

A professor once told Turnbull that there is 'no such thing as the innocent eye'. The brain always distorts and should always be challenged.

Our Fight for Disability Rights-- and Why We're Not Done Yet

Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in -- in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest -- and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's still work left to do.

How to Get Serious about Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races are able to climb every rung of the corporate ladder -- and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside the office. How do we get there? In this candid talk, inclusion advocate Janet Stovall shares a three-part action plan for creating workplaces where people feel safe and expected to be their unassimilated, authentic selves.