What Diversity Means To Me
More soon! last updated 10/16/14 at 15:59 CDT
Diversity is a broad, broad term. Most generally, it suggests variety, a range of differences.
I am a musician with diverse experience. As a bassist, I am classically trained in symphonic and jazz styles, but I've also played a lot of popular and folk music not traditionally associated with academic circles. For example, I've spent many hours out in the woods playing fiddle tunes around the campfire with friends and revelers. I love prog rock, Calypso and Soca, choro, western swing, Zappa...
Politically, diversity is often used to indicate outreach efforts to encourage inclusion of individuals who are members populations identified as "underrepresented" or "minority." Such outreach requires that target populations be identified. In order to be identified, an individual or group must be identifiable, or visible. Visibility forms the basis of many diversity outreach programs, but there exist invisible minorities, and herein lies the problem.
(Note--I have much more to say here. I've been focused on getting this site up, and now I'm adding content. More soon! last updated 10/16/14 at 15:59 CDT)
As a student at UW-Milwaukee, I was a two-time recipient of the Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship, a program designed to assist members of underrepresented populations in graduate school.