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"Diversity is a set of conscious practices to understand and appreciate the importance of the interdependence and the co-existence of cultures and the natural environment. To be consciously diverse is to practice mutual respect for qualities and experiences that are different from ones own; to understand that diversity theory includes not only ways of being but also ways of knowing; to recognize that personal, cultural and instituionalized discrimination creates and sustains privileges for some and disadvantages for others; to respect individual rights to self-identification; to recognize that no one culture is superior to another; and to build alliances across differences so that people can work together to eradicate all forms of discrimination." University of Maryland 

Diversity, therefore, includes, but is not limited to age, class, disabilities, economic advantage and disadvantage, gender, political status, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experiences.


The resources in this list include Federal and local government, individual and corporate affirmative action perspectives.

Last review: 04-15-2014


The resources listed here provide information about aging and the elderly.

Last review: 04-15-2014


Last review: 04-15-2014


These resources provide materials about Arabic people and issues, including information about Arab Americans. Arabic identity is defined in the first note of this list.

Last review: 04-15-2014


The continent of Asia has 30% of the world's landmass in 44 countries. The resources provided here represent the countries of Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Western Asia and Asian Americans. The resources are categorized by these four regions.

Last review: 04-15-2014


This site is about AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, the PACIFIC ISLANDS and their ABORIGINAL people. For resources about aboriginal and indigenous people of other countries, including South America, on this Diversity portal page SEE: INDIGENOUS PEOPLE. For American Indians/Native Americans SEE: NATIVE PEOPLE OF NORTH AMERICA

Last review: 04-15-2014


Included here are resources about diversity from a business management perspective: such as, minority business ownership, managing cultural differences, discrimination laws, business ethics and values. For resources on diversity in the workplace from the employees' point of view, on this Diversity portal page SEE: WORK

For other business resources, on the Library portal page SEE: RESOURCES BY DISCIPLINE : BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, ECONOMICS, and MANAGEMENT

Last review: 04-15-2014


"The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the people and economy of the United States."

Last review: 04-15-2014


The 1990 American with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines "disability" as "(A) a physical impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; (B) a record of such impairment; or (C) being regarded as having such an impairment." The Act regulates both public accomodation and employment protection.

Last review: 04-15-2014

EDUCATION (University)

The resources listed here cover University education topics such as: teaching millenial students, dealing with racism, diversity pedagogy in teaching and learning, and educational multicultural concepts. It also includes faculty diversity issues such as: faculty of color, affirmative action and diversity issues on campus.

For K-12 resources, on the Library home portal page SEE: RESOURCES BY DISCIPLINE : EDUCATION


Last review: 04-15-2014


Web resources, print materials and videos about environmental issues are located here. Included are information about "Satellite images of Earth changes," a site to calculate "your" personal impact on global warming, scholarly materials, environmental ethics and more.

Last review: 04-15-2014


The resources listed here include information about European and European American people.

Last review: 04-15-2014


Last review: 04-15-2014


This area includes health issues of diverse populations and alternative health practices.

Last review: 04-15-2014


"Hispanic People have origins in Spain or the Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America. In the U.S. Census 2000 questionnaire, Spanish people classified themselves in a specific category such as, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban or Other." U.S. Census

Last review: 04-15-2014


"McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Section 11302, defines a 'homeless person' as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence or a person who resides in a 'shelter'." This portal page provides relevant resources.

Last review: 04-15-2014


See the note within for specific definitions.

Last review: 04-15-2014


The countries of INDIA, BANGLADESH, BHUTAN, MALDIVES, NEPAL, PAKISTAN, and SRI LANKA make up the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). In 1985 the Heads of State or Governments of these geographically connected countries established SAARC. Although different in many ways the countries have similar cultures, life standards and socio-economic environments.

Last review: 04-15-2014

Indigenous People

These resources refer to aboriginal and indigenous people who are not American or Australian. The Native People of South America are also included here. For Australian aboriginals, on this Diversity portal page SEE: AUSTRALIA. And for American Indian/Native Americans, on this Diversity portal page SEE: NATIVE PEOPLE OF NORTH AMERICA

Last review: 04-15-2014


It is said that international law and relations began in 1540 when the Dominican Order sent Bartolome de las Casas* back to the "New World" as a representative of Indian human rights. (*Las Casas was a Catholic priest who exposed Christopher Columbus for his inhumanity and brutality toward the "New World" Indians.)

Last review: 04-15-2014


Biracial, interracial, multiracial, and mixed-race describe people whose ancestors are not of a single race. Biracial refers to people whose ancestors primarily came from two races. Included within this list are such topics as adoption, changing-America, identity, families, intermarriage and media perspectives.

Last review: 06-17-2013


"The Irish are a northwest European ethnic group who originated in Ireland. People of Irish ethnicity outside of Ireland are common in many English, European and North American countries." wikipedia

Last review: 04-15-2014


Israel is the birthplace of the Jewish people, their cultural, religious and national identity. Included here are resources by and about Jewish people and issues.

Last review: 04-15-2014


Included here are ESL and other language websites. Print resources include multicultural perspectives on such topics as symbols, language evolution, communication, hate speech, storytelling and more.

For other language resources, on the Library home portal page SEE: RESOURCES BY DISCIPLINE : LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Last review: 04-15-2014


Most of these resources about diverse cultures in Michigan are located in the Michigan Collection Room.

Last review: 04-15-2014


Last update: 11-28-2018


Native People  of the Americas refer to the indigenous people of the U.S. and Canada. Native people existed in the North and South American continents before they were called the Americas and before the United States was established as a country. Topics within include: 'Gaming, Casinos and Mascots', History, Michigan tribal issues, Spirituality, Videos and Websites.

Last review: 04-15-2014


Last review: 04-15-2014


Political Issues integrates diversity and democracy, multiculturalism and justice. Included here are resources on civil rights, racial profiling, the Patriot Act, and the politics of culture.

For other resources, on the Library home portal page SEE: RESOURCES BY DISCIPLINE : POLITICAL SCIENCE


Last review: 04-15-2014


These resources show the impact of racism and discrimination (including economic and gender discrimination), U.S. hearings on discrimination, and philosophies on ways to overcome racism.

Last review: 04-15-2014


Religion and Spirituality play a significant role in the lives of people, cultures and nations. The materials listed here are categorized by diverse religious denominations. To foster diverse perspectives, non-traditional belief systems that empower people in their non-Christian communities and cultures are emphasized.

For other resources, on the Library home portal page SEE: RESOURCES BY DISCIPLINE : CATHOLIC STUDIES and also RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Last review: 04-15-2014


Russian Federation: SIBERIA, UKRAINE, and BELARUS, GEORGIA CAUCASUS. The Baltic States (ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA)are also included here.

Last review: 04-15-2014


Resources about scientific racism, race and genetics, stem cell research, scientific creationism, gender issues in science careers and more are included within.

Last review: 04-15-2014


These resources describe the impact of technology on diverse populations, educational processes, and health concerns.

Last review: 04-15-2014


Urban Issues resources include cities and health, development, neighborhood targeting, community services, housing, segregation and more.

For other resources, on the Library home portal page SEE: RESOURCES BY DISCIPLINE : SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

Last review: 04-15-2014


The video resources listed here are documentaries about diversity issues and/or are feature films about the challenging ways in which unique communities and their families live.

Last review: 04-15-2014


White privilege is a term denoting the rights, advantages, exemptions or immunities enjoyed by white persons in Western countries beyond what is commonly experienced by non-whites in those same nations. It has been described as "an invisible package of unearned assets." Wikipedia

Last review: 04-15-2014


Resources listed here are from an employee perspective. Resources listed under BUSINESS in this discipline are from a management point-of-view. For other work resources, on the Library home portal page SEE: RESOURCES BY DISCIPLINE: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION.

Last update: 08-03-2010

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