To celebrate Cultural Diversity Week this month, we decided to share the reasons why diversity is at the core of what we do at the CAE.

Embracing diversity is more than just an inclusive attitude of ages, gender, religion, sexuality and ethnicity in all our classrooms; it lies at the heart of the range of courses we offer. Here’s what diversity means to us, and how it could benefit you.

New ways of viewing the world

It’s easy to get stuck in a certain way of viewing the world. After all, we have a natural tendency to surround ourselves with people who share our values and way of life. Embracing diversity means learning new ways of thinking and new perspectives, whether it’s learning about Melbourne’s female pioneers or exploring your own diverse family history. Learning about different cultures and different points of view also promotes a tolerant and inclusive attitude to other people’s experiences and how their history differs from our own.

Opening up opportunities

Embracing diversity has opened up opportunities in Australia, from growing our education sector to attracting a range of international students and international trade agreements. Whether you are expanding your business to the Asian market or opening up a Bed and Breakfast for tourists, embracing diversity can work for you.  Embracing diversity means building relationships with people from all walks of life, and enjoying the positive opportunities that can result from this.

Enriching our daily lives

Diversity already enriches our daily lives, from the exploring new cuisines from other cultures to learning a new language for an upcoming trip. At some point, we have all reaped the benefits of our diverse society. Embracing diversity means taking an active interest in the contributions of other cultures and viewpoints in areas such as art, food, history, philosophy and wellbeing, and using it to enrich the experiences in your own day-to-day life.

Cultural sensitivity

Melbourne is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, with over 300 ancestries. With our multicultural society, cultural sensitivity has become even more vital to our personal and professional lives. Embracing diversity means learning how to navigate barriers to cross-cultural communication and being sensitive to the way we communicate with organisations and individuals from cultures different to ours. Learning how the rules of communication differ across cultures will reduce misunderstandings and promote an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in both personal and professional settings.

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