Monday, June 18, 2007

Why are Cultural Differences Disguised as `Maladjustments'?

Ethnic underrepresentation creates a host of problems for the American higher education community. One of the most serious is whether or not cultural diversity is alive, well or even possible. Educators acknowledge their ineffectiveness complying with legal, social and demographic mandates to increase minority participation in higher education; hence, the field remains racially polarized. The higher educational community must change; it must find a way to welcome the minority group presence on campus to promote and ensure peace, prosperity and an educated workforce for the future.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Thursday, June 14, 2007

'Cultural packs' could teach immigrants to queue

Immigrants should be given "cultural briefing packs" when they move to the UK, an official report will say today.

The information may tell new arrivals from Eastern Europe and elsewhere that, for example, the British like to queue at the Post Office and bus stop, and frown on spitting in the street.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Conference

Thrive and the Division of Children’s Behavioral Health Services are co-sponsoring “Achieving the Promise: Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Maine�? conference.

As the populations of our communities change to become more ethnically, racially and socio-economically diverse, each individual is challenged to become more culturally competent. This challenge is perhaps greater for health care providers, community organizations and policy makers because their services and policies affect a broad section of people. As we learn more about cultural competence it is important to include the voices of families, youth, service providers, educators, community organizations and the diverse members of the community. This Cultural and Linguistic Competence Conference will focus on heightening the awareness of diversity in our community, mental health and well being, creating opportunities for dialogue and collaboration.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Monday, June 11, 2007

Should immigrants 'learn our lingo'?

"Learn our lingo" is the Sun's splash headline today, apparently backing Ruth Kelly's call for councils to reduce the amount of documents they translate into foreign languages.

The communities secretary argued that translating too many documents created a "crutch" for immigrants and discouraged integration. Translation services cost councils around £25m a year and the NHS £55m, the Guardian reports, and the Daily Mail says some councils offer translations in as many as 15 foreign languages.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Friday, June 01, 2007

Japanese companies embrace diversity

That Nissan even has a diversity officer may sound startling to those who are used to thinking of Japanese companies as dominated by men, and Japanese men at that. But the automaker has made visible progress on the diversity front under a management team that includes Carlos Ghosn and other French executives from Renault. Aside from bringing in foreign managers from overseas, it has increased the proportion of women in managerial ranks to 4 percent from 1.6 percent three years ago.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Creative & Cultural Skills issues Diversity and Equality statement

Creative & Cultural Skills issued a statement on diversity and equality. Tom Bewick, Chief Executive, Creative and Cultural Skills, said: “We aim to secure a commitment to practice diversity and equalities across the creative and cultural industries as the best means of extending opportunity and delivering commercial and organisational success.

"Our research shows that the workforce is 95% white, with little variation across the Nations and English regions, including London. There are also more men in the workforce, 61% compared with 54% across the UK and low numbers of disabled people in the workforce. Clearly identifying numbers of disabled people in the workforce is made difficult due to differences between Government statistics and industry evidence.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Friday, May 25, 2007

MoD makes diversity pledge

The Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces have shown their commitment to improving representation amongst ethnic minority communities by signing up for the Next Step Foundation's Diversity Mark scheme.

The MoD is the first public sector organisation to commit to the Diversity Mark. Holders of the Diversity Mark actively encourage job applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds, and help with their career development.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ireland's new multicultural mix

In the run-up to the Irish general election, the BBC News website is looking at some key issues affecting modern Ireland. Here, the BBC's Stephen Fottrell considers the mass immigration that has transformed the country in recent years.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Friday, May 18, 2007

LA: Hospitals Fail to Provide Interpreters

A growing number of Korean Americans say they are dissatisfied with hospital interpreter services in the United States. Some claim language barriers have led to mistreatment by hospital staff, leading to worsening health conditions.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Monday, May 14, 2007

Poles behind bars talking your language

Polish workers, already a significant force in Britain’s plumbing industry, are starting to supplant Antipodeans as one the main sources of bar staff. Spirit Group, one of Britain’s biggest pub operators with more than 1,000 hostelries and 22,000 employees, is taking on so many Poles that it has started to print training manuals in Polish.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Friday, May 11, 2007

Language & Culture Shock hinder Refuge intergration

Insufficient knowledge of local languages, differing cultures, a lack of understanding within host societies of refugees' situations, discrimination and unreceptive attitudes towards foreigners, as well as the psychological impact on refugees of protracted inactivity during asylum procedures are the obstacles to their integration, the United Nations refugee agency said in a statement on Friday. The note was timed to coincide with an informal meeting of European Union ministers responsible for integration organised by the German EU Presidency in Potsdam, Germany on 10-11 May.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

"No lanterns", Italian city tells Chinese community

The local government in Treviso has ordered the northern Italian city's Chinese restaurants to remove red lanterns from their windows because they look too "oriental".

"It's spoiling the appearance of the city," the head of the council's town planning department, Sergio Marton, told Corriere della Sera daily. "The Chinese put up all sorts of stuff: lanterns, lions, dragons, there's even one (establishment) that did its whole front in oriental style."

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:35 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

Report on Consumer Behavior of South Asian Americans

Global Advertising Strategies has just released the first in a series of five marketing strategy reports outlining detailed research on the South Asian American community and its consumer preferences. As a leading multicultural advertising agency Global plans to release each installment of the research on a bi-weekly basis, available at its website The first report focuses on "Lifestyle and Entertainment Spending." The other four will focus on the following industries: automotive, financial, travel and telecommunications.

Global’s focus on the niche market research is a part of its Multicultural 2.0 philosophy which captures the complex mosaic of different and nuanced cultures and delivers consumer insights from the untapped markets.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

EU gives new funds for integration of immigrants

The European Commission on Monday said it was giving new funds to support cross-border projects aimed at improving the integration of immigrants in the 27-member European Union.

Some four million euros (5.4 million dollars) would be made available for 12 initiatives that 'encourage dialogue with civil society, develop integration models, seek out and evaluate good practice in the integration field and set up networks at European levels,' the commission said.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Friday, April 20, 2007

Enrollment Management: Technology and Diversity Practices in the News

Finding ways to attract and retain new students is one of the core focuses of

Enrollment Management divisions of colleges and universities, and Enrollment Management Consultants alike. Increasingly, college admissions officers are turning to technology in order to accomplish the task of attracting and retaining prospective students.

In the news, we've seen recent headlines that focus on Enrollment Management topics such as: the recent trend in State funding of higher education; the promotion of distance learning initiatives; performance based funding policies; and how colleges and universities seek to bolster socio-economic diversity among students, by promoting different admissions procedures.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lack of diversity in publishing

A report published last week revealed a shocking lack of diversity within the British publishing industry at employee and managerial level.

The Diversity in Publishing Report is the first such quantitative piece of research, comprehensively establishing that publishing companies need to do much more to attract a more diverse workforce. It is likely to add pressure on companies to review their hiring practices.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 5:40 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Workplace: Profiting from diversity

Johan Talenti, a 43-year-old Swedish entrepreneur, says he does not see himself as a do-gooder or activist. "You don't run a company for the sake of taking social responsibility," he said, sitting in the offices of Silentium, a fast-growing telemarketing company that he founded in 1998. "You do it to make money."

But he has also done something that he thinks many more business leaders should do: He has made a conscious effort to diversify his staff. And, he said, the results have contributed to Silentium's success.

This might not sound unusual, especially from an American perspective. In the United States, promoting diversity in the work place has been part of business planning for years. Many big companies even have a chief diversity officer. But in Sweden, as in much of Europe, this has simply not been the case.

Read more: IHT

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New diversity training for bailiffs

Bailiffs and enforcement agents throughout the UK will receive training in diversity before they are allowed to operate under new legislation.

The Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill states that all enforcement agents, including bailiffs, must undergo an extensive programme of training before starting work, including diversity training and guidance about how to handle vulnerable people.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

"Bloody foreigners" remark lands magistrate in diversity course

A magistrate reprimanded for complaining in court about `bloody foreigners' has been sent on a course to appreciate other cultures. Alan Mitchell has agreed to complete the `diversity training' course before he returns to the bench.

The Department for Constitutional Affairs said a reprimand was a fair punishment and that Mr Mitchell would be allowed to return to the bench. He has not been sitting as a magistrate since his comments were made public in the M.E.N. last month.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

Diversity: Key to Competitive Advantage for Today’s Global Economy

No longer simply an issue of compliance, diversity has moved beyond inclusion and evolved into a catalyst for strategic business growth. Companies that embrace diversity as a differentiator and way to penetrate new markets stand poised to overtake competitors in terms of growth, profit and market share.

The importance of workplace, leadership and supplier/channel partner diversity in achieving competitive advantage and driving business growth is the focus of the 2007 Diversity and Business Growth Summit: Moving Beyond Inclusion, organized by Grow Fast Grow Right Enterprises, LLC, an education and training company for business executives and leaders of growing companies.

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Categories: Cultural Diversity

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