Ameliorating Issues of Diversity
Jeffrey Berman's "The Dark Side of Diversity" challenges individuals to look internally. Courses such as these bring issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia that are part of our society today to the surface. These diversity assignments that were given allowed students to express and write about their lived experiences. There are many contradictions to diversity. Especially when a variety of cultures try and assimilate to a dominant cultural society. There are emotions such as guilt, embarassment, anger, and fear of identity. Stories of personal experience may be insightful, and they may cause compassion and build awareness to the "other" or "different" individuals.