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Fostering Pluralism and Diversity

Fostering Pluralism and Diversity


Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.

—Margaret Mead, The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future

You have reached the sixth and final week in the course. As you prepare to conclude your experience in Multicultural Dimensions in Society, give some thought on what you, as one of those “caring people” of whom Margaret Mead speaks, can do to successfully raise awareness about injustice and inequality to combat oppression, prejudice, and intolerance.

The following passage, often mistakenly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century poet and essayist, reveals the power that one person has if he or she takes action:

“…to give of one’s self, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.”

You can make a difference.


•Koppelman, K. L. (2014). Understanding human differences: Multicultural education for a diverse America (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Section 2, “Cultural Foundations of Oppression in the United States”

Chapter 7, “Rejecting Oppressive Relationships: The Logic of Cultural Pluralism for a Diverse Society” (pp. 159–178)

Section 4, “The Challenge of Diversity to American Institutions”

Chapter 13, “Pluralism in Schools: The Promise of Multicultural Education” (pp. 316–341)

Chapter 14, “Pluralism in Society: Creating Unity in a Diverse America” (pp. 342–368)



To prepare for Discussion Question:


•Review Chapters 7, 13, and 14 to clarify your understanding of pluralism and what individuals can do to make a difference in promoting pluralism.


•Think about two or three ways American institutions have brought oppressed groups closer to the socio-economic success, equality, and acceptance often referred to as the “American Dream.”


•Consider the level of individual commitment required to foster pluralism in society.


Write a 1- to 2-paragraph analysis of how major social institutions are promoting pluralism in response to the ever-growing diversity of groups in America. Provide specific examples. Then, in a reflection statement, explain what an individual can potentially do to foster such pluralism. In your reflection, craft a few bullet points outlining the understanding and knowledge that you have gained concerning social change.