What is Cultural Diversity?
"Culture takes diverse forms across time and space. This diversity is embodied in the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind. As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations."
At Macquarie University, the term 'cultural diversity' is used in a broad sense to refer to language use, cultural background, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexuality, Indigenous Australian identity, age, attendance pattern, family and carer responsibility, geography, socioeconomic status or class, religion, and disability. Cultural diversity encompasses the entire Macquarie University community. The university recognises that cultural diversity is complex, complementary and of benefit to the university community. Educational practices that respond to and value cultural diversity are good practices for students and staff alike.
Key questions for this area
If you are teaching or studying cultural diversity, or are looking to add content to your unit, here are some key questions that you should be able to answer and/or consider:
- What role does cultural diversity play in relation to sustainable development?
- How are cultural and biological diversity connected?
- Why is it significant to sustain particular cultures and biodiversity? What global policies are needed?
- How can we maintain a globalisation of the economy and at same time reduce poverty and protect the environment?
- What role do intra- and inter- migration play in cultural diversity?
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