Through speaking with four of my friends about what they believed culture and diversity was I received the following definitions:
Culture is the way in which ones community is run. It is effected by religion, government, etc
Culture is the way people act and what they believe in a certain area/race
Culture is a way of life of a group of people. Culture can be found anywhere…different countries, cities, neighborhoods, religions, a certain age group, etc.
Culture is the context from which one comes from… It affects their behavior, beliefs, life, responses, priorities, preferences
Diversity is when many different cultures coming together to either accept each others differences or to not accept
Diversity is being open to different things no matter how completely opposite they are.
Diversity is when many cultures are found in the same area or region. For example: a church which consists of members of different ethnic groups, classes of people, ages, etc
Diversity is when more than one culture or people group are in one context; when things or people are not all considered the same.
Several aspects of culture and diversity I have studied about in this course were included in the answers I received. Most of the examples touched on how culture is a way of life. It is why people act the way they act. One friend even went on to say it is what affects what we believe, how we behave, what our priorities are, and how we respond to things. In regards to diversity most of the definitions I received touched on how diversity had to do with differences and being open to people or things not like you.
Although some aspects of what I have studied were included, there were also some aspects omitted. For example, In regards to diversity ever friend but one answered that diversity had to do with different cultures being in the same area. No one touched on how diversity is more than just culture. Diversity can be age, occupations, sexual orientations, and much more. I feel like everyone basically only hit the surface with diversity has to do with culture.
Before taking this course and others as a Masters student I would have responded a lot like some of my friends only touching on diversity being a part of culture. I now have a much deeper understanding of culture and diversity! Yet, through their responses I realize that not everyone knows how much deeper diversity goes than just on the surface level. Through reading their responses I feel like most people understand that culture impacts life for people on a daily basis. Yet, I do not feel like everyone truly understands that diversity if more than just culture.