Diversity of Human Experience
Humans experience life from diverse perspectives related to their backgrounds and culture. These differences may reflect country of origin, a particular ethnicity, identification with a religion, an educational background, an economic social class, or any of a number of other cultures and backgrounds. These diverse perspectives color the way in which people view life events, interact with those around them, and take action. For example, I learned about diversity of human experience in studying how the different ethnic groups contributed to the development of the Columbia Basin area. I saw how the Native Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Blacks, European-Americans and other groups were treated by each other, how each had a different viewpoint of what society should be, how the land should be treated, and how or whether development should occur. I learned that it is important to try to see all issues from the perspective of everyone involved. I believe each of us can be enlightened and enriched by appreciating the diversity of human experience around us. I think I have progressed toward that understanding through my studies this year.
Peoples of Oregon: Racism in the History of the Columbia River Basin: This essay discusses the diversity cultures that helped to develope the Columbia basin, and the racism they encountered.
Selected In-class Journal Entries. These discuss the difficulties encountered by the many minority groups who played an integral part in the history of the Columbia basin.
Ethics and Social Responsibility