Assessment 4 Diversity Presentation
Assessment 4 Instructions:
Develop a 10–15–slide presentation with speaker’s notes on a diversity topic of
your choice that could ultimately be used as a basis for a staff development
Diversity training has been a part of U.S. organizational life since the passage of
Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from
discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin,
and religion. Early diversity training dealt with improving race relations,
addressing racism and anti–Semitism. The 1970s diversity training focused
primarily on affirmative action and compliance.
In the 1980s, much diversity training centered on increasing cultural sensitivity
and fostering respect for differences, emphasizing gender and race. Today,
diversity training encompasses a wide range of groups (including white men) and
is derived from social justice and inclusion approaches that value differences,
encourage treating everyone with respect, and creating fair and equitable work
and school environments.
While this assessment is not designed to be a diversity training, it lays the
foundation for an evidence–based staff development activity that could be part of
a larger training initiative.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your
proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:
• Competency 1: Describe the effects of culture, ethnicity, and diversity on the human
o Describe the strengths and other positive aspects of a social group.
• Competency 3: Analyze psychological research findings related to culture, ethnicity,
o Analyze the challenges faced by a social group.
o Analyze solutions and supportive strategies to help combat challenges faced by a
• Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and
consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of psychology.
o Describe the presentation in an overview including title, outline, population, and key
o Cite scholarly evidence.
o Create a presentation that articulates meaning relevant to the main topic, scope, and
purpose of the prompt.
You may determine the work setting for your presentation, such as educational
institutions, businesses, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, or mental health care
facilities. After selecting the presentation setting, choose your topic that may
include any area covered in this course.
• Racial stereotypes and racism (select one racial or ethnic group).
• Religion and spirituality.
• Gender stereotypes and sexism.
• Sexual orientation and heterosexism.
• Age stereotypes and ageism.
• Mental disabilities.
• Physical disabilities.
• Other topic of your choice related to culture, ethnicity, and diversity.
o Note: if you choose this option, you must get instructor approval.
Using the course readings and other scholarly literature as a basis, develop a
presentation on the topic of your choice using PowerPoint, Prezi, or other
courseroom–compatible format as follows:
Provide an overview of the topic that includes areas that will be covered in the
presentation, a brief description of the population or social group you chose, and
key definitions and terms.