What if our interactions with those different from us are strongly influenced by things happening below the radar of awareness, hidden even from ourselves? Deep Diversity explores this question and argues that “us vs. them” is an unfortunate but normal part of the human experience due to reasons of both nature and nurture.
To really work through issues of racial difference and foster greater levels of fairness and inclusion, argues Shakil Choudhury, requires an understanding of the human mind—its conscious and unconscious dimensions. Deep Diversity integrates Choudhury’s twenty years of experience with interviews with researchers in social neuroscience, implicit bias, psychology, and mindfulness. Using a compassionate but challenging approach, Choudhury helps readers identify their own bias and offers practical ways to break the “prejudice habits” we have all learned, in order to tackle systemic discrimination.
If you’re someone who: •is confused why organizational diversity efforts are often stalled or thwarted; •has been part of anti-racism trainings that have gone south; •cares about creating more inclusive workplaces and society where strong relationships across difference are possible… •is horrified by the recent slew of police shootings in Charleston, Ferguson and Baltimore; •is upset about the issue of missing and murdered Indigineous women being ignored for so long;
then this book is for you!
Deep Diversity seeks to reframe the debate regarding racism and systemic discrimination in a practical, scientific and compassionate manner. In the author’s own words, “this book is a culmination of twenty years of my experience teaching and learning from thousands of people across four continents, one emotional burnout in my early thirties, and a childhood in smalltown Canada pretending I was white.”
In partnership with UBC Centre for Intercultural Communication