The people most affected by the topic of diversity, that also includes equality, are: people of aboriginal ancestry, persons with disabilities, gays, visible minorities, and women. Historically, this long-time inequity has devastated the workforce more than any other segment of our society. Diversity represents individual intrinsic values and belief systems. For example, culture is made up of organized values, beliefs and assumptions shared by a group of people who live at a certain time in a particular place. These are transmitted from one generation to the next. Culture is learned; race is inhered. Therefore, all of us have preconceived notions about another individual or group that is different from our own. Unfortunately, attitudes can not be legislated. But behaviors can be legislated. However, the preferred human condition would be to have people understand and respect differences. And therefore, attitudes will drive behaviors without legislation. So, when committed individuals, and activists, develop and initiate processes to educate, and build understanding and compassion for differences among those who fear the concepts of diversity and equality, positive changes will take place. --------------------- The above was provided by Ed L. McQuarters (aka ediversity) who will be hosting, guiding, leading this area of discussion. He sent this to me via email and I thought I'd post it (since I've created the forum and have it). Please Family, he's new here so make him feel welcome by taking part in the discussions, asking questions and sharing your thoughts.