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Published October 01, 2010, 04:13 PM

Critiquing "Diversity"

Is the term "diversity" helpful to minorities and our society as a whole?

Is the term "diversity" helpful to minorities and our society as a whole?

That's one of the questions being explored by more than 200 people attending the 10th annual Red River Women's Studies Conference at UND in Grand Forks.

Conference speakers came from as far away as Belgium.

Organizers say they really want to take another look at the word "diversity,” even if they have to skirt the boundaries of political incorrectness to do so.

UND Women Studies Director Kathleen Dixon says, “Often times people who are members of lets say minorities are kind of trotted out as tokens. They're not really listened to seriously. Nothing really changes in any big way in an institution or in the civil society. Instead, we just have little categories for people.”

During the conference, speakers also talked about contradictions of diversity, like conflicts between feminists and some Muslim women.

The conference was organized by the UND Women Studies Program and the National Women Studies Association.

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