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The main objective of the diversity presentations, the first is to to provide an opportunity for students to interact with individuals who are different from you in a meaningful way to better understand their perspectives. We all have biases and have a tendency to hangout with people who have the same beliefs as us, thus creating this comfortable bubble. However, we won’t always be around those who have the same beliefs, for example in the workplace employees and employers should have better understanding of diversity in order to avoid conflict and discrimination in general. The second main objective is to supplement the discussion of diversity taking place in class. Lastly, having a diverse group of interviewees is a great way to understand their uniqueness and diverse background. Those differences consist of race, gender and age which all play a vital role in diversity.
Summary & Reflection on Diversity Presentations
I, Robert Magana covered the topic female gender for the diversity presentation but accidentally covered both male and female, sorry for the mistake. I chose to interview Janai and Chris, they are both going to college and 22 years-old. Janai works as a high-school advisor at Frazier High and Chris works as a chemistry tutor at Bakersfield College. When asked what do you wish others knew about people who are male or female? Janai, wished females were seen as their own individual and can be independent. She thinks society doesn’t give enough credit to females due to the stereotype that a male must support women because women can’t support themselves without a male in the picture. She also brought up that women can also be breadwinners and are fully capable of supporting a family with their income. When I asked Chris this question, his response was different, which is expected and he couldn’t stress enough that males have emotions. He mentioned that all males have emotions and that society expects males to be these tough, emotionless robots that don’t show weakness. He knows deep down by holding your emotions in is never healthy for a person. He also talked about men being a handy man and feels that not all men enjoy fixing things just because men are usually obligated to step up and do it in society. The second question I asked them was, what challenges have you faced because you are male or female? Janai said she has always been see as less than a male in her life, when around her male friends or co-workers she would be told she couldn’t complete a certain task because she is a female. Secondly, her dad gave her little to no freedom growing up and even now her dad is strict because she is female. When Chris was asked this question he mentioned that he always feels pressured to act masculine, be the initiator in relationships and to have a lot of money in order to support a female. When I asked them what changes would you like to see in society given your experiences? Janai would like to see males and females to be held at the same standard and would love for females to have better chance at higher paid professions in a company. Chris would like gender roles to be destroyed and would love if males had lower expectations from society.
Brittany Garcia chose to interview Jacob and Eric for her gender presentation on males. Jacob is majoring in chemistry, is 21 years-old and works at petroleum club as a server assistant. Eric is majoring in biology, is 29 years old and previously worked at TA but is now unemployed. When she asked them what challenges they faced because they are male? Jacob mentioned, he was told to hold in his emotions and crying doesn’t solve anything in life. He was always told to never ask for help unless it’s last resort and faces challenges with the “friendship zone”. Eric mentioned, he has to keep constant image of being an ideal man and has a mentality of not showing any weaknesses. When she asked them what is expected out of males? Jacob mentioned, men have to work in the back, men are labeled as protectors and have expectations for paying for dates, walking on the side closest to the street. Eric mentioned, men are also expected to be protector, physically strong in relationship in order for it to last. Men are expected to work more dangerous jobs, do the dirty work and are expected to propose for marriage. The net question she asked them was, what do you wish others knew about people who are males? Jacob brought up that, the whole “nice guys finish last” is not true at all and if males chose not to fight back in certain situations, that doesn’t label as weakling. Eric brought up, some men are uncomfortable to talk about their feelings in certain situations and that guys get sexually harassed but are scared to bring it up. When asked about the changes they would like to see in society, they both introduced that society in general shouldn’t be bias and that we should find ways to diminish gender bias. Another topic they touched up on was for people to stop assuming that all men are these aggressive monsters that think about sex 24/7.
In Jessica’s presentation, she interviewed two males; Rene and Manuel. Rene is 25 years old while Manuel is 55 years old. Manuel wishes others would know that not only women get discriminated but also men. If males stay home to take care of their kids while the women work, they are seen as lazy. But if it were the other way around it would be a problem. A challenge Rene had faced because he is male is that he was always expected to be the provider for a family. He is expected to make great amount of money so his wife and kids can live a good life without struggling. This puts a lot of stress on Rene’s shoulders. Some changes both Rene and Manuel would like to see in society are women getting jobs that pay more. This will help let go of the expectations men have, which is to be the provider of the family. Some advice they wish college students realize about diversity were to not let someone’s opinions get in the way of their success in life. If a male decides to be a stay at home dad than instead of the female, then let it be. If your goal in life is to be a traveling nurse and you’re scared because of gender bias than how are we going to be living in a diverse world in the work field. It goes to women wanting to join the oil fields also or joining the Marine Corps to be a recruiter later in life.
In Julian’s presentation, he interviewed two females. Both of the female interviewees wish others would know that women could work just as hard as a man can. The female’s interviewees had faced many challenges in the workplace because they were females. One challenge is facing a lot of sexist remarks. Both women get their “emotions” described as their monthly periods getting in the way. When a female is angry she will be described as, “she’s only angry because she’s on her period”. More challenges both females experienced were sexual harassment and gender roles. Society sees a mother with having her own business and being a wife as an unfair treatment. Women should be at home cleaning, cooking, and taking care of her family. Some changes the interviewees would like to see in society are more opportunities for women and to stop the stereotyping and gender roles.
New Insights, Beliefs, Attitudes
After hearing presentation about the male experience in society, I can directly relate to males since I am a male myself and thought it was neat to here all of interviewees side of the story about being a male in the world. What I gained from from all the presentations was we shouldn’t limit each other based on gender and we as society should be open minded for change. Gender roles are dying slowly but they are still a big problem in certain situations, and because I am a male I do feel the pressure with having greater expectations from parents, family, friends and society in general. Those expectations consist of having a well paying job in order to provide for a potential wife or kids and to be the main source of income and to work long hours. I believe there is nothing wrong with a man not making as much as their partner or if they chose to work less hours in order to spend more time with his kids. It’s rare to see this happen because males might feel discouraged, or feel less like a man if this was the case. There is nothing wrong with this situation in my opinion but because stereotypes are heavily believed in the United States, people really never think about this choice. What Chris, Jacob Eric all desire to share their feelings but are too scared too because the label that is put on males in society. However, It provides me with more confidence knowing that I’m not alone when comes to expressing my feelings. In the past, I’ve always bottled up my emotions because I didn’t want to be label as a “little girl” but growing up I realized that there is nothing wrong with human beings expressing their emotions regardless if your male or female. After hearing the interviews experience, it has helped me to see a side of men that you normally don’t hear about and now when I see a man acting sensitive, I wont label them as being a “little girl” or don’t expect them to be this masculine person society labels them as.
After hearing the female experience as a woman, I’ve always had an idea that females aren’t treated the same as males and don’t gain the same respect in certain situations, but have never thought about how that affects them in their lives. All the females shared there struggles with in the presentations and I honestly forgot how much females are discriminated in the workplace. Thinking back at companies I worked for and even now where I currently work, now I do realize that aren’t a lot of female mangers or executives in the workplace. The workplace needs more female executives if you ask me, I think it would be nice but the problem is females have children which set them back from promotions or higher position jobs which is unjust to me and only way they can break the glass ceiling is if they decide give up starting a family and maybe even remain single until they make it. The biggest change I would like to see for females in the workplace, is for companies to have better understanding that women bare children which is big road block for the road for success, so I would like to see polices established to protect a woman’s road to success. The female interviewees know not to accept the standard of being a housewife or dependent on male. They want society to not only see them equal as men but also even as a higher gender role.
Being More Effective Dealing with Genders
I believe to be more effective while dealing with genders we need to destroy the roles. Society believes in all the gender roles and it is controlling how we see things in life.
In Karla Moreno’s presentation, she interviewed Ariam and Rachel. Ariam was born in the United States to her Eritrean parents. She is classified as Black. Ariam is currently enrolled as a senior at California State University of Bakersfield working towards a degree in accounting. She is also working as a supervisor on campus. Rachel was born in the United States and has always looked as the privileged. She grew up in Oildale in the city of Bakersfield. As she was growing up, Rachel noticed she was classified as a White hillbilly because of her skin color and the location she lived in in Bakersfield, California. Rachel is a single mother with the highest education of a high school diploma. Ariam wish people would know that just because she came from Africa, doesn’t mean she came from a tribe or lived in a village. Rachel wish people would consider that not every white person is privilege or comes from white trash. Her parents have worked hard for everything they had and have worked jobs to make sure she always had what she needed but far from spoiled. A challenge Ariam has faced was in the work place; people assume that she is not educated and she only got the job because they needed a black person for diversity purposes. Some challenges Rachel has faced was being a single mother and being judged when she received government aid because people assume that because she’s White she has a lot of money. Also, in the work environment, a lot of people assume that because Rachel does not have a college degree, she got the job because of who knows and not what she knows. A change Ariam would like to see in society is more people with open minds about different races in higher working positions. Rachel would like to see people understand that just because she is White doesn’t mean she had everything handed to her and spoiled her whole childhood.
Another presentation was presented with two interviewees, Tejera and Melvin, who are both African American. Tejera wishes others would know that not all African Americans are the same. Just like any other race, they are individuals. Just because someone is African American, doesn’t mean they have the same culture or beliefs as every other African American. Melvin wishes others would know that African Americans could be both street smart and book smart. Just because who grew up in a bad neighborhood does not mean your not smart. Some challenges Tejera has faced because she’s African American is discrimination. She has been followed around the store while she was shopping because they predicted she was going to shoplift. Tejera has also not been called in for a job interview because of her name. Melvin has also faced many challenges due to being African American. He has been excluded out of conversations because of his race. He feels like his opinion doesn’t matter and also had the same experience as Tejera while shopping in stores. Some changes Tejera would like to see in society are African Americans should be given more credit when credit is due. Because a lot of things that are popular today, mostly within the white community, are derived from black culture. She also feels society should focus more on the positive than the negative. Melvin would like to see more opportunities for people of color, not just African Americans but for all. He also wants society to not judge a person on what is on the outside but more on what is on the inside. Tejera wishes college students would realize the importance of diversity. Being in a diverse environment challenges every person in that environment to grow as an individual and become more open minded. The more diverse an environment becomes, the more creative and successful a project will be. Melvin wishes college students would know that diversity is great, so embrace one another and feel free to be friends or whatever you want with anyone. Melvin quoted, “It’s always exciting to see a white person rapping or a black guy singing country music, it just expands everyone’s horizons.” At the end of the presentation Tejera and Melvin both left advice for our class. Tejera said, don’t be afraid to surround yourself with people who are not like you. You can learn a lot from them through their viewpoints and life experiences. Melvin shared some similar advice on to start surrounding ourselves with others different than us. We can learn a lot from different people.
Another presentation that was presented in class was followed by an interviewee name Brett. He was born in Chicago and is 35 years old. Brett is a finance manager at the company of Verizon Wireless. His response to the question “what do you wish others knew about people who are American” was that he wishes most people knew that United States is more about history. The freedom did not come free. He wishes other people from different countries would understand that Americans fought too hard for their freedom and not to take advantage of the freedoms. Some challenges that Brett has faced because he is American were traveling to Iran to get married to his wife. At the age of 18 his mom told him to move out so he had to get a job to afford his own place, college education, and other stuff. Another interviewee was name Ali who was born in Pakistan. Ali is 25 years old and single. He moved to the United States in 2008. He is majoring in psychology and pre-med. What he wish others knew about people who are Pakistani is they work hard to pursue their goals. Stereotypical people think that women are not allowed to get their education in Pakistan but it is not true except some few villages where science and technology are not advanced. Some challenges Ali has faced because he is Pakistani is people judging him because he is middle-eastern and thinking that he is a terrorist. It was also difficult to find friends in school and in the United States. It was even more difficult for Ali to find a job due to his race. Some changes Ali would like to see in society is to be more humble, understand more and every ethnical background, and be willing to diverse more schools and the work environment. An advice Ali would like to share with our class is just because he is Muslim, does not mean that he is a terrorist, good and bad people come in all forms and religions.
In Selena Gonzalez’s presentation, she interviewed Natalie and Chaney. Natalie is a full-time student at Bakersfield Community College and works part-time at a hair salon. She is an only child and is classified as White. Chaney is a full-time student at Taft Community College and works full-time at a pet boutique shop. She is the youngest of three siblings and is classified White. Natalie wishes that just because her race is White does not mean she is racist or a rich white girl. Chaney wishes just because her race (white) is not a minority doesn’t mean they don’t face struggles as well. Some challenges Natalie has faces because she is White is that she feels people of other races receive tons of benefits for being anything other than White. White people need help financially also. Chaney has faced being labeled or called names for just dating a black male. She feels that White people have to be ten times more cautious about how they act/talk than other races because they are so highly criticized about being racist. Natalie would like to see in society more benefits for college students of all races. Mostly every college student faces financial struggles regardless of if they are considered a minority or not. Chaney would like to see in society being more open to people of all races. She would want to get rid of all stereotypes and treat everyone with respect despite what race they are. Take the time to hear the person’s story because everyone faces hardship.
In Jack Trobaugh’s presentation, he interviewed Joy and Valerie. Joy is 20 years old, is studying pre-med, and she is Egyptian. Joy wishes people to know that just because she is Egyptian doesn’t mean she lives in pyramids and rides camels. She also wants society to know that she speaks Arabic and not Egyptian. Some challenges that Joy has faced because she is Egyptian is one her parents. They are very strict on her because also of her gender. Middle eastern schools are gender segregated and her not being Muslim causes complications (ISIS). Joy would like society to know that we have it pretty good in the United States. Our living standards are much better than where she grew up in. Valerie is 20 years old and is studying nursing. Her race is Burmese. Valerie wishes people to know that she is not Chinese and that Burma is actually a country, it is between India and Thailand. Some challenges that Valerie has faced were her living conditions. Daily rituals, traditions, high expectations, and like Joy, strict parents. When she came to the United States, Valerie felt it was hard to fit into the American standard. Some changes Valerie would like to see in society is for everyone to know that diversity is very important. We should have diversity in schools, neighborhoods, and in the work place. She wants people to feel free to express themselves and not feel ashamed.
New Insights, Beliefs, Attitudes
I believe that diversity is a great thing to practice. I have many friends and even family members of different races.
Being More Effective Dealing with Races
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In a presentation, between the age of 55 and 65 two people were interviewed, Donald and Paul. Donald was born in August of 1956 in Bakersfield, California. He has worked as a high school counselor, psychologist in an LA county jail, and is now a psychology professor at Bakersfield Community College. Something Donald wishes people knew about his age group is that the years just fly by, enjoy each point in your life as it comes. He also wants society to know that even though he looks his age, he feels like he is still 16 years old. Donald says the happy older folks are happy because they did what they loved in their life. Some challenges Donald has faced because of his age were health issues, such as diabetes, heart troubles, and more. He is also often asked when he will retire, but the tone or the way it is asked has a negative edge. Some changes Donald would like to see in society is improvement in the military, more honest politicians, and the coercing of society to be reversed. Advice that Donald shared with our class was to find our god and interpret how we liked. He wants us to find our inner peace. The second interviewee was Paul. He was born in November of 1953 and graduated from Bakersfield High School with no higher education. Paul has worked on cars his whole life. He wishes people know that just because he is old doesn’t mean he is unaware of the newest and greatest things. He also wants people to know that he is not afraid of the new, just prefers the old. Some challenges that Paul has faced because of his age were seeing people that have not been so lucky in the aging process and being taken advantage of. He also has a difficult time adjusting to diverse doctors. Some changes Paul would like to see in society is people dropping their grudges and being more forgivable. Life is too short to hold hatred towards each other, just drop it and move on. He would also like to see an end to racism that gets passed down from generation to generation.
In Kiah’s presentation, she interviewed Rita and Ben who are both over the age of 70 years old. Rita is 75 years old and enjoys quilting. Ben is 72 years old and is an almond farmer and real estate business owner. Both Rita and Ben wish others knew about people who are over 70 years old is that they are not dead yet. You should still respect them as human beings and not take advantage of them because of their age. Some challenges both Rita and Ben have faced were their health. Rita has bad knees and Ben has cancer. They cannot do the things they use to when they were young and tend to take more breaks due to physical activity. Some changes Rita and Ben would like to see in society are respect. They feel that the respect for the elders has decrease. And society needs to go back to how it use to when Rita and Ben would show their respect towards their elders. What Ben wishes college students realize about diversity is you can learn something good or bad from anyone, from every age group, race, gender, etc.
In Christina’s presentation, she interviewed Mike and Lara. Mike is a field leader at Chipotle, the oldest of three siblings, and is 35 years old. Lara is a school psychologist, the oldest of four siblings, and is 40 years old. Mike wishes others would know about people who are the same age as him is that just because their adults, does not mean they are settled. Mike would still like to get a tattoo and a piercing. And just because an adult has these things does not mean he or she is not mature. Stop the stereotyping. Lara wishes others knew about people who are the same age as her is not all of us have achieved all the goals in life that we wanted to. Just because she is 40 years old does not mean she has no goals in life. Some challenges Mike has faced because of his age was he is seen as lazy and not capable of much being the youngest of the field leaders in his job. He also feels he is being judge based on his appearance because of his age and his tattoos and piercings. A challenge Lara faces because of her age is finding a relationship. She feels finding someone her age and that is single is difficult. Some changes Mike and Lara would like to see in society are having justice. They would like to see more justice because certain situations are not always fair. Mike also wants everyone to be taxed the same and not on how much you make. Some advice Mike and Lara shared with our class was we can only change the future and not the past, and to always stay humble and not to just benefit ourselves but benefit the community around us.
In Ruben’s presentation about the age group between 35 and 45, his interviewees were Ariel and Julie. Ariel is 45 years and is currently living in Bakersfield. He is first generation Puerto Rican. Julie is 45 years old and is currently living in Bakersfield also. She has been working at the same job for 15 years now and got married at the age of 18. Something Ariel wish others knew about people who are the same age as him is experience does not always give you an advantage. Get an education and never stop learning. Julie would like others to know that just because she is 35 years old, doesn’t mean life gets easier. She is currently going through a divorce after being married for 16 years and is also raising two children on her own. A challenge Ariel has faced was the lack of knowledge for never pursing a higher education than a high school diploma. For Julie, it was of course her divorce with her husband. Some changes Ariel and Julie would like to see in society are parents teaching their children the importance of a higher education, the financial point of view and what its like to accomplish something, and for people not to be so judgmental.
In Ellisa’s presentation about the interviewees at the age over than 70, she interviewed Fern and Sue. Fern is 75 years old and lives in Arapahoe, Nevada. She began teaching at the age of 19 and is now retired. Fern is a widow and has 4 children. Her religion is Christian and she has never drunk a drop of alcohol in her life. Sue is 72 years old and lives in San Diego, California. She was a chef that traveled the world and had her own restaurant in San Diego for over 30 years; she is now retired and grows her own vegetables. Sue is currently divorced and has 3 children. Her religion is Christian and loves to drink wine. Fern wishes others would know that just because she is over 70 years old does not mean she is unaware of things. She is still sharp. Fern also wants society to know that she is not judgmental as many young people think she is because of her age. Sue wishes others knew about people her same age is that they aren’t boring or inactive or born yesterday. She reads the newspaper every morning and is up to date with society. Some challenges both Fern and Sue have faced because of their age were their health. They need to constantly keep their body active because if you don’t use it you lose it. Because of their age, they also faced many deaths with family and friends. Some changes Fern and Sue would like to see in society are more quality entertainment. Since Fern’s husband passed away she started exploring more television shows but found they are distasteful. Fern also suggest for young people to wear more clothes and for the ladies to cover up. Sue would like to see young people make more plans.
In Simba’s presentation, he interviewed Sarah and Cindy. Sarah is 55 years old and is self-employed as a real estate agent. Sarah is also a student at California State University of Bakersfield. She has lived in San Francisco, Simi Valley, Arizona, Montana and now lives in Tehachapi. Cindy is 63 years old, is Italian and used to be a waitress. She has 2 kids and 3 grandkids and is retired as of now. Sarah wants people to know that she isn’t ready to give up the saddle and move on to the rocking chair. Just because she is older, doesn’t mean she does have goals and dreams of her own. She enjoys traveling, concerts, and all other things that she liked to do when she was younger. She stressed that, age does not define her and that she is still human regardless of her age. Cindy wants people to know as you get older, life does get harder in some aspects and people will treat you differently. Cindy stressed to stay in school, because growing up without an education will destroy your adulthood. When Sarah and Cindy were asked about the challenges they faced because they are 55-65 years old they both mentioned about how their life changed in certain situations. One example being, Sarah mentioned that it’s harder to stay in shape and is limited on what she can do. Cindy mentioned how she is discriminated in the workplace because she would get less hours compares to the young workers. The change they would both like to see consist of mangers recognizing what older people can bring to the table such as experience and wisdom. Cindy would like to see more diversity in the world so it can give people better chances such as equal opportunity.
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