Sunday, January 2, 2011

Affirmative Action vs. Diversity

Insight into Diversity

Affirmative Action vs. Diversity
The Quest for Opportunity in a 21st Century World
by Shirley J. Wilcher

There has been much debate about affirmative action and diversity since President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925 in 1961.2 As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Order it is timely to reflect upon affirmative action and the difference between this concept and the more recent theory and practice of “diversity.” While the terms are often used interchangeably, there are fundamental differences between the two, but they are inextricably linked.

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