2010 About

New Jersey Celebrates Diversity

Definition of Diversity;

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing that individual differences exist all the time. These can be along the dimensions of race, gender, social-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, etc.

Brainstorming worksheet:

When planning your submission, it is important to think about the theme ” New Jersey Celebrates Diversity” in many different ways. In other words, try to think about the following…

Who are the people that may be my neighbors or classmates? Do I really know them?

From what country do they/or their families originate?

To what culture or belief system might they subscribe?

Do I know anything about their journey in life?

Do I know what they like to listen to, eat, when/what their cultural/religious holidays are, etc?

Why do I like/respect my neighbor/classmate if they are not like me?

Why do I still like / respect my classmates although they differ in opinion?

Why do I still enjoy helping the needy although they may belong to other culture, belief or even they are in another country?

Does addressing the ideo of diversity help me grow as a person?

Who will benefit from me if I appreciate and promote diversity?

In appreciating and promoting diversity, what impact will I make/have in my home, school, and/ or community?

How would the world be different if everyone respected the other?

Why do I like everybody to understand, accept and respect the other?

When composing your work, feel free to be creative. Just remember that whatever type of submission you choose, you want to create a work that makes the reader think and realize” NJ Celebrates Diversity” and that’s why we love New Jersey.