It’s no surprise to hear that America today is becoming diverse at a rapid rate. Taking this fact and digging deeper to understand how it impacts our lives, however, is more complex to grasp. The United States Census Bureau predicts that in 2043, there will no longer be a majority ethnic group. In fact, at the rate that diversity is growing in America, Caucasians will eventually be categorized amongst the minority. One might ponder what this would mean for all of us.
Today’s United States demographics indicate that the largest minority group is Latino, with 53 million residents, followed by African American, with 44 million. The fastest growing ethnic group, however, is Asian; the Asian population grew by 2.9% last year. According to the data from the United States Census Bureau in 2010, the Chicago’s demographic makeup was 32% Caucasian, 33% African American, 29% Hispanic and Latinos, 5% Asian, and the rest were Pacific Islander/Other. The percentages today would be different based on the growth patterns, but the bottom line is this: there is no radical majority group in Chicago. As a result, there is a high chance for you and me to work in a diverse environment. I have experienced this firsthand after moving from Newport News, Virginia; the City of Chicago is incredibly diverse, and in such a good way.
I currently attend a graduate school that embraces diversity inclusion and multicultural awareness, and I would say my cohort represents their mission statement accurately. Due to both exposure and education, I feel I now have developed more creative solutions to problem solving, enhanced interpersonal skills, self-awareness, and I have established great, diverse relationships. All in all, I am a better team player. Over the past 9 months, my experience with Become has been a great one. Our diverse team of management and staff represents the communities of Chicago we strive to empower to create social change and promote social justice. We combine our creative ideas, all enriched with cultural and individual values/experiences.
Despite our unique differences, we all have a common goal: to make the world a better place.