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M5_2 Diverse Perspectives Mentoring Arrangement

Lesson 2

Discuss -> Manage diverse perspectives within the mentoring arrangement:

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Define diversity:

  • The condition of having or being composed of differing elements
  • The inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization
  • Programs intended to promote diversity in schools
  • the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.

Define perspective:

  • the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.
  • a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Define diverse perspective:

  • It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.
  • These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

Identify examples of diverse perspectives in the mentoring arrangement:

  • Every mentor relationship is an example of diverse perspective as each person is unique.
  • We tailor the mentoring experience to the individual based on differences as well as the race,gender, etc of the person.
  • Some mentor programs will only match people of the same gender
  • Understanding mentees that have come from a place where they were subjected to mental, verbal and physical abuse which was attributed to race

Discuss ways to deal with diverse perspectives:

  • Emphasize communication
  • View people as individuals
  • Encourage working in diverse groups
  • Base decisions on objective criteria
  • Be open minded
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