AONE Position Statement on Diversity
Diversity is a reality in today's world. Diversity has many dimensions, which are reflected through characteristics of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, chronological and generational age, physical capabilities, socioeconomic background, religion, special attributes, talents, abilities, human capacity, viewpoints, perspectives, values, ideas, practice experiences, life skills, sexual orientation, and generational influences. The United States is more diverse demographically and culturally than it has ever been in it history. In addition to 211,460,626 Americans of European decent, the 2000 U.S. Census identified 69,961,280 people from 19 other ethnic and cultural groups living in America (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000). A 2005 Census Bureau report states that one seventh of the United States population is non-white, largely due to immigration but also higher birth rates.