Understanding key concepts

With thanks to LSIS and their online learning toolkits – specifically section 5: Equality and Diversity http://www.leadershiplearning.org.uk/course/view.php?id=326 Please visit the LSIS Leadership Learning site for more in-depth understanding of equality and diversity.

Concepts such as equality, discrimination and prejudice are continuously contested in everyday conversations and in the media. Some people dismiss them as ‘political correctness’, thereby refusing to address the issues. The meanings also change as society changes. The definitions given here are commonly accepted in employment and social provisions and conform to the law today. Below - match the definition with the correct concept. Definition 1: The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people. Concept Please Select Definition 2: The provision of ways in which everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, values, faith or religion or age can access services, training and jobs, so that we can all engage in and develop to the best of our abilities on an equal footing with others. Concept: Please Select Definition 3: Grouping or labelling people because they are members of a particular visible group and assuming that they have particular traits that are considered to be characteristic of that group. Concept: Please Select Definition 4: Unwanted conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment and is related to a person’s race, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, age or one that is attributed to them. Concept: Please Select Definition 5: Treating some people less favourably than others for a reason relating to their sex, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age or similar personal characteristics. It may be intentional or unintentional. Concept: Please Select Definition 6: Everyone is treated fairly and with respect. Opportunities exist for everyone to play a full part in social and economic life. Concept: Please Select Check your answers: Definition 1 Definition 2 Definition 3 Definition 4 Definition 5 Definition 6

Take some time now to reflect upon your answers. - What do they mean to you and to those people you come into daily contact with. - Do they change your opinions? - How?