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Learning about Diversity

Why Study Diversity?

Diversity refers to human differences, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, age, nationality, and ethnicity. Studying diversity illuminates how these differences affect us and how they shape social, political, and economic issues in this country and around the world. Some important reasons for studying diversity are to:

  • Increase your understanding of multiple perspectives and knowledge traditions
  • Enhance leadership opportunities and career success
  • Practice responsible citizenship locally, nationally, and globally
  • Participate effectively and compassionately in society

For more information on diversity research at the University of Washington, please visit the Diversity Research Institute at http://www.washington.edu/diversity/dri/. Information on other aspects of diversity education at the University may be found at the Center for Curriculum Transformation at http://depts.washington.edu/ctcenter.

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