Diversity should be promoted due to a number of reasons. The first is that diversity allows for a rich educational experience. In diverse learning setting, students are able to learn from their fellow students who possess different beliefs. Such a learning institution enables students to gain from an interactive and intellectual environment. Secondly, diversity increases personal growth. In a diverse learning environment, students are encouraged to think critically, and any stereotypical thinking is removed. Finally, diversity will encourage economic growth in the whole nation. With diversity, the nation will be able to utilize different talents from individuals with different cultural backgrounds.
As far as education and business are concerned, diversity encourages cohesion in the workplace. If students have been educated in a diverse culture, they will move to the work place with the benefits obtained from the learning institution. In the business place, diversity can assist a business in understanding its customers in a comprehensive way. For businesses with employees of diverse cultures, approach to different customer segments is relatively effective since the employees will give insights on the values of such potential customers. The other value of diversity is that it enables academic and learning institutions to gain linguistic skills. This may be critical for businesses which operate in ethnic markets. In this case, it eases the communication process with customers and vendors (Fripp, 2009).
Affirmative action is meant to address any injustices that may be prevalent in a society. One of these issues is economic disparities. These disparities have hindered many societies from progressing. Some of the issues are racism and nepotism. Affirmative action alleviates such injustices in employment and promotes distribution of opportunities in an equitable manner. With regard to unequal access to education, affirmative action has discouraged such misconduct successfully. It has allowed individuals to join institutions based on qualifications and not on other considerations such as race. With respect to economic disparities, this is a current issue. However, unequal access to education opportunities characterized institutions in the past; it does not plague any current institutions of higher learning. Past racism was evident in many institutions in the past. It has, however, been eliminated by affirmative action and advanced social lifestyles. I highly support affirmative action in order to remove any injustices in the society. Affirmative action discourages such behaviors and promotes social justice and cohesion. It enlightens people on social cohesion and unity despite any differences in race, religion or background.
Affirmative action involves improvements in the job and educational opportunities for groups of individuals who have been biased against. Affirmative action is meant to remove such unfair treatment to groupings based on race, skin color or gender. I do support affirmative action in employment of police officers. These officers play a very crucial role of maintaining order in the society. In the absence of affirmative action, recruitment in such cases may be very biased. This is because a lot of physical attributes are required and individuals may be locked out, easily, for reasons they may not understand fully. In this case, affirmative action rescues such unfortunate individuals by ensuring that the recruitment is conducted in a fair manner (Tudor, 2006).
In, my opinion, I hold that affirmative action is required in some areas and not in others. Despite the fact that it is important in policing, affirmative action is used in very many institutions such as businesses, learning institutions and government agencies. Without it, the society could be unfair to some individuals who may not have the connections. Some groupings, such as those based on religion and skin color may also be marginalized against.
Fripp, P. (2009). Importance of Diversity in Organizations. Diversity Digest , 15-17.
Tudor, W. (2006). Appreciating the Role of Diversity in a Modern Society. Research into Management of Groups and Teams , 39.