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Appendix 3. What you can do: suggestions for individual action to address diversity

Guideline for Individuals

  • Find out about volunteer opportunities in your community, eg. literacy, citizenship, mentorship programs.
  • When communicating with non-native English speakers:
    • Avoid jargon, slang, and idioms
    • Slow down your speech
    • Use simple words
    • Pronounce and enunciate clearly
    • Repeat your ideas in different words
    • Check for understanding
  • If you are non-native English speaker, ask coworkers to slow down or repeat themselves -- your request will not be considered rude. Ask about expressions you don't understand.
  • Be aware of changes taking place around you and welcome that change.
  • Recognize and respect others and their individuality
  • Think before you speak, and be sensitive to others.
  • Talk about your differences and ask tactful questions about how people want to be treated.
  • Listen more
  • Recognize you own biases and prejudices.
  • Eliminate stereotypes and generalizations
  • Expose ourself to other cultures
  • Remember that your race/gender/personality style is not the center of the universe.
  • Be careful with humor.
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21st Century Partnership - Community Strategic Plan for Diversity (Under Re-construction).

Back in May 1999 Olmsted County led the formation of a 21st Century Partnership to research and propose what it would take for Olmsted County to be a leader in the 21st Century. This document attempts to bring back some of that information for re-use.

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21st Century Partnership - Community Strategic Plan for Diversity (Under Re-construction).

Back in May 1999 Olmsted County led the formation of a 21st Century Partnership to research and propose what it would take for Olmsted County to be a leader in the 21st Century. This document attempts to bring back some of that information for re-use.

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