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In the workplace, the keys to making diversity work lie in relationship and learning from difference. Diversity practitioners realize that we each interpret the world through the lens of our own diversity and experience. Diversity of thought and experience lie at the heart of the value proposition of diversity ─ and also pose one of the greatest challenges. The greater the diversity of the workforce, the greater the potential for misunderstanding and conflict. This working paper, written from a practitioner’s perspective, considers underlying issues in diversity-related conflict and misunderstanding to explore how dynamics of 1) respect and disrespect, 2) identity and recognition, and 3) resentment and backlash interfere with relationship and learning.


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Woods, S. (2010). Thinking about diversity-related conflict: Respect, recognition and learning . Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations site:

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