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  • Involves acknowledging, respecting, and appreciating the differences that people have in terms of their appearance, beliefs, and lifestyle. There are primary and secondary dimensions. Primary dimensions are core elements that cannot be changed: race, age, gender, sexual orientation, and physical and mental abilities. These characteristics form the heart of people's identities and shape the filters through which they view the world. The greater the number of primary differences, the greater is the challenge to establish trust. Secondary dimensions are those that can be modified or changed, including spiritual practices, education, relationship status, and income. Though diversity can be challen ging, the benefits outweigh the difficulties since it fosters (1) the reduction of prejudice, (2) the vitality of groups by providing new perspectives, (3) productivity by ...

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