Some may define diversity to mean ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity. Others may feel that diversity should be based on ideological differences and cognitive variations, such as differences in interpretation, reasoning, and problem-solving methods.
For the purposes of this article, diversity refers to ideological, cognitive, cultural, ethnic, and racial differences, as well as different ways of being, because to assume that all members of one culture, ethnicity, or race believe the same way is neither truthful nor perhaps fair. Still, culture, ethnicity, and race do often (and some assert, necessarily) affect one’s experiences and perspectives. Thus, all are important to consider when looking to expose students to a diverse education.