Most people when talking about diversity think
of matters revolving around race and gender, and
while those are obvious and important topics, the
fact of the matter is that the definition of diversity
is much larger.
Today diversity is seen in two dimensions.
The first one is what is called inherent diversity,
the diversity that is beyond people’s control.
Obviously, these issues include race and gender,
but also include national origin, age, sexual orientation,
disability, religious affiliation and socioeconomic
status. Certainly, you can change your
religious affiliation or socioeconomic status over
time, but being raised in a particular religion or
under certain economic conditions does give one
a different perspective in life.
Romero, A. 2017. Diversity more than race, gender in higher ed. The Edwardsville Intelligencer 20 February 2017, p. 3.