Suggested Grade Level
Approximate Time Needed
No matter what your personal leanings or public stance is, you will be expected to work well with people from different cultures and backgrounds. In the Practice Your Workplace Diversity Skills handout, are four scenarios.
In each of the scenarios, discuss what you think the source of the cultural misunderstanding might be and then write down how you would handle the situation with your co-workers.
Divide class into pairs or triads. Give students 15-20 minutes to analyze the four scenarios in the Practice Your Workplace Diversity Skills handout. If time is short, you may give one scenario per group/pair. Ask them to discuss the scenario(s) and come up with a collective answer. Share responses together as a class.
As each scenario is discussed, have students locate the subject’s home country (Guatemala, India, Nigeria, or Taiwan) on a globe or the world map in their handouts. This should help reinforce the students’ appreciation of the distance, region and variety of national origins of their potential co-workers in a diverse workforce.
After all the scenarios are discussed, pose this question: Now that you‘ve discussed respecting diversity in the workplace, how do you think respecting diversity will be important in college?
Complete Practice Your Workplace Diversity Skills worksheet
This activity introduces students to multilingual skills and cultural knowledge and the practice of workplace diversity skills.
This activity gives students an opportunity to reflect on their internship experiences and the key takeaways from related lessons, such as what skills, techniques, and concepts can be applied to college and future work.