Diversity Literacy Galaxy Model

by Jorge D. H. Prósperi 2022

A methodical study of Diversity would require at least several lifetimes in order to seriously delve into its history, content, contexts and genres. Throughout the ages, Diversity has been examined by countless academicians, scholars, scientists, anthropoligists, social scientists and historians. Each field probing and dissecting definitions and meanings – and yet – to most of us it remains an enigma.

Diversity-Threads.com is a humble endeavor to create insight, alternate perspectives, as well as enhance and extend meaning and relevance on the subject of Diversity. It tries to bring together some 55 years of a personal commitment to further the conversation on this highly complex subject.

Ultimately, the website’s mission is to provide knowledge – literacy regarding past and current elements of Diversity that exponentially continue to morph on a daily basis. The goal is not to convince or persuade but to urge further criticality, comprehension, exploration, examination and reflection.

Conversations on Diversity can be frustrating, uncomfortable and taxing. The challenge when dialoguing about Diversity is to suspend judgement, not think of it as “winning a debate” or “converting the other” but rather try to listen with awareness based on knowledge/research, empathy, compassion and tolerance.

Hopefully, Diversity-Threads.com can provide confidence to enter the challenging space of civil discourse on Diversity with knowledge, language, references and context. Ignorance on any subject limits awareness and understanding. It blocks opportunities for significant personal growth and change.

The model presents the dynamic influences that impact our sense of self – our identity – and how we perceive the identity of others. It is not a typo that I decided to name the first Galaxy circling Diversity as ID Entity in order to emphasize the singular importance of ID (personal identity as a qualifier “I am”) and its Entity (existence, being, vital force).

The framing of ID Entity is based on a host of influences beginning at birth, early childhood development – during the earliest stages of our lives and the power of socio-cultural influences that continue to shape our persona during our time on earth.

During our early childhood we become a captive audience to family members, schooling, acquaintances, regional environment and experiences that contour our lenses on self and others.

The model is divided into 5 sections in order to provide depth and breadth of the complexity, magnitude and relevance of the elements connecting and intersecting the layers and threads.

The original image of the model was created in 2007 and updated in 2019, 2021 and 2022. The basic core of the model remained the same but the tenets of Diversity have evolved as Diversity is ever being authenticated, amplified and morphed through new knowledge, historical affirmations and current counterstories. Diversity was never static nor fixed but rather a dynamic transformational process and reality.

The model provides a tsunami of language often requiring pause, reflection and examination before moving on. Some would argue that the model could be a school curriculum mapped across all subjects from Kindergarten through college and beyond. This would be a worthy national objective. But we, as a society, are far from making such a commitment requiring moral courage.

Connectedness, multiplicity and intersectionalities between all segments of the model is common and expected. Each word and/or concept may not evoke any response by some viewers or may elicit a multitude of connections and associations beyond the model itself.

The reasons why there will be different responses is that perspective and perception on Diversity are always connected to to the “I” lens – our Identity. A person’s relationship(s), experiences and beliefs about Diversity is always at play – always in flux as to its limitations and amplifications.

For example, concepts like “Athletics”, “Culture”, “Family”, “Race”, Sexual Orientation” will be examined from not only the “I” – Identity lens but also by “Knowledge Bases”, “Social Curriculum”, “Metanarratives” and “Social Constructs” lenses. Therefore, each word/concept should be examined through different lenses probing different layers of meaning.

The core of each concept related to Diversity has context – peripheries that upon examination become cores of their own significance, surrounded by yet other peripheries. All cores and peripheries are in a dynamic state of motion – amplifying meaning and relevance.

Original Model Image by Nancy Gage 2007 –
Updated Diversity Literacy Galaxy Model Image – by Anthony Baez – 2022 – http://www.anthonybmedia.com/

Diversity is depicted in the model as a galaxy because of the immense dimensions of the universe, with galaxies, planets and moons connected, dependent and changing. Likewise, humanity and the human condition is as highly complex, multifaceted, multi-dependent, diverse and changing.

The major sections are:
1. Social-Cultural Identifiers from the “I” Perspective
2. Knowledge Bases and Lenses – Validity and Credibility
3. Socializing Agencies – Social Curricula
4. Metanarratives
5. Social Constructs, Concepts, Ideologies, Phobias, Isms

Socio-Cultural Identifiers: {20th Century The Big 9 – Little 4 – 21st Century 38+}:
The identifiers project a sense of self, view of the world and of others. The layers can be “thin-micro” or “thick-macro”. The term Diversity, while depicting differences and otherness, begins with the “I” lens – perspective – our sense of selfhood.

Social Identifiers from the “I” perspective: Ability, Age, Artistry, Citizenship, Class, Culture, Education, Employment, Entertainment, Entitlement Privilege, Ethnicity, Family, Fail Safe (1%), Gender, Happenstance, Health, Health Care, Income, Indigenous, Inheritance, Language(s), LGBTQIA, Location – Region, Marital Status, Nationality, Native, Neurodiversity, Physical Appearance, Political, Profession, Race, Religion/Spirituality, Sexual Orientation, Situational Factors, Social Media, Socioeconomic Status, Sports – Athletics, Transgender, Trauma (multigenerational-intergenerational-victim-victimizer-originator-conspirator)

Knowledge-Based Critical Lenses – Cognizance:
These lenses provide critical tools by which to examine all aspects of Diversity. Like an MRI and Electron Microscope these knowledge bases examine the layers, depth and breadth of Diversity from simplistic notions and assumptions to complex socio-cultural constructs.

Knowledge Bases: How do we come to know what we know? Validity, Credibility, Relevance, Scope: AsianCrit, Background Knowledge, Brain Based, Criticality, Critical Anthropology, Critical Gender Studies, Critical History, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Political Science, Critical Psychology, Critical Race Theory, Critical Sociology, Critical Research Theory, Critical Sociology, Critical Thinking, Education (pre-school-post college), Environmental Knowledge, Epistemology, Experiential Knowledge, FemCrit, Feminism, Geographic Region, Happenstance , IndigenousCrit, Internet , Knowledge Based, Language(s), Latina/o Critical Theory, LatCrit, LatinX , Learning<>Teaching , Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer  Intersex Asexual Pansexual CRIT, Metacognition , Multiculturalism, Observation, QueerCrit, Science-Based, Social Media, Teaching<>Learning, Technology , TribalCrit, White Critical Studies

Socializing Agencies / Social Curriculum:
On a daily basis the “I” perspective and perception is influenced and shaped consciously and unconsciously. The influences are in the very air we breathe and impact every aspect of our socio-cultural life. From birth, each of us goes through a learning process that is ever at play 24/7/365. This learning process remains present throughout our lives influencing a sense of self and of others.

Socializing Agencies – Social Curriculum: Ability (Special Needs, Disabled, Handicapped), Arts (Visual – Performing), Athletics – Sports, Community (sense of belonging), Culture, Education , Entertainment (Cable, TV, Theatre, Sports, Movies, Music), Environment, Ethnicity – Nationality, Family , Finance , Geography Region ( local to worldwide), Happenstance, Internet, Language(s) , Neighborhood, Peer Groups, Political Affiliation(s), Profession, Race , Religion/Spirituality, Sexual Orientation , Social Media, Socio-Economic Status, Special Interests (Passions), Physical Appearance, Technology, Workplace

Metanarratives:
The definition of a metanarrative differs depending on the critical lens that examines its meaning. It is a term that has been debated regarding its relevance and impact on society – particularly in the 21st Century with the Internet and Social Media used to sway public opinion, attitudes and modus operandi that can lead to established beliefs, motivations and behaviors.
For this study, Metanarratives are grand teleological accounts/narratives that seek to explain the world and its inhabitants within the compass of overarching grand legitimate stories. 
One feature is the abstraction from time, place, and culture. Metanarratives can become prominent historical-socio-cultural accounts [stories] that become inherent, embedded and marketed as national truisms influencing dispositions, thinking, attitudes, and behavior.
Metanarratives can influence views on History, Autocracy, Democracy, Citizenship, Government, Nation Building, patriotism, justice, equity, colonialism, slavery, Civil War, race and gender.
When corrupted and politicized, Metanarratives can create a false narrative justifying and normalizing division, polarization leading to authoritarianism, genocide and inhumanity.
* The lenses in the second section called Knowledge Based Critical Lenses – Cognizance can provide tools by which to explore and examine the origin and history of each Metanarrative.

Metanarratives: Affirmative Action, Alternative Facts, Aryan Race, Banana Republics – Third World, Bell Curve, Big Lie, Binet-Simon Intelligence Test, Blumenbach [Caucasus Mountain Theory], Caucasian, Colonialism, Color Blindness, Cultural Ethical Relativism, Deficit Paradigms, Dillingham Commission, Eugenics, Ghetto, Rural, Urban, Suburban , Globalization, Historical Determinism, Jim Crow Laws, Linnaeus [Americanus, Europaeus, Asiaticus, Afer], Lost Cause (The), Manifest Destiny, Master Race, Melting Pot Theory, Meritocracy, No Child Left Behind, Noble Savage, Paternal Slavery Doctrine, Pro-Slavery Arguments, Race Science, Reconstruction, Romanticization of Southern Life, SegregationResegregation, Survival of the Fittest, Terra Nullius, Three-Fifth Compromise, Trickle Down Economics, Westward / Southern Expansions, White Men’s Burden, White Supremacy 

Social Constructs provide an overview of language used in the study of Diversity. Such language can be helpful with awareness – connecting with new content and context when reading, writing, researching, discussions, debates and/or clarifications on Diversity.
The construction / engineering of social constructs is embedded in the Socio-Cultural-Political-Religious legacy of Human History.
Social Constructs (perspectives and perceptions) are constructed by human beings and therefore can be examined, altered and deconstructed depending on the value and impact on the quality of life of the human condition. How we come to identify, define and believe the meaning of words and concepts is based on the influences that have shaped such meaning(s).
Social Constructs can be controversial, provocative and challenging but can provide historical insights leading to civil discourse based on basic understanding of their origin.
For example, while “Life” and “Death” are realities, each human being has their own definition, perspectives and beliefs related to such realities that can significantly differ from others.
Also presented are terms associated with soci0-cultural Phobias and Isms linked to cultural ruptures, division, ethnic/religious cleansing, domination (power and control), genocide, inhuman atrocities, multigenerational trauma, oppression, suppression and victimization inflicted on human beings.
All of the terms should be examined as to meaning, context and impact, particularly from the “I” perspective and perception. 
* The lenses in the second section called Knowledge Based Critical Lenses – Cognizance can provide tools by which to explore and examine social constructs.

Social Constructs: Ableism, Admission Unethical Practices, Affirmative Action, Ageism, Alt-Right, Anti-Semitism, Apartheid, Arranged/Forced Marriages, Authoritarianism, Biases, Bigotry, Bicultural (multi), Bi-ethnic (multi), Bilingual (multi), Biracial (multi), Birtherism (Birthism), Black Lives Matter, Boys Will Be Boys, Chauvinism, Child Abuse, Child Marriage, Child Slavery, Citizenship, Citizen’s Arrest, Code Switching, Cognitive Dissonance, Colonialism, Confirmation Bias, Conspiracy Theories, Counterstories, Cultural Competence Training, Demagoguery, Despotism, Discrimination, Diversity Sensitivity Training, Death (perspective on), Doctrine of Discovery, Domestic Slavery, Domestic Terrorism, Domestic Violence, Dysgenic, Emotional Intelligence, Enabling, Eugenics, Fascism, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Gaslighting, Gay Conversion Therapy, Genocide, Gilded Age, Good Old Boy’s Club, Gun Concealed Weapon, Gun Laws, Gun Legislation, Gun Manufacturers Liability, Gun (NRA), Gun (Open Carry), Gun Violence, Gun Violence Research, Hegemony, Hidden History, High Yellow, Historical [Negativism, Revisionism, Denialism], Holocaust, Hollywood (Depictions of Diversity), Homophobia, Human Trafficking, Imperialism, Incest, Identity Politics, Indentured Servitude, Intellectual Inferiority Theory, Intergenerational Trauma, Internal Colonialism, Islamophobia, Jingoism, Just Deserts, Legal Lynching, Life (perspectives on), Lookism, Lynching, Low Hanging Fruit, Machoism, Macro-Micro Aggressions, Mein Kampf, Middle Passage, Misandry, Misogyny, Multigenerational Trauma, Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma, Nationalsozialismus, Narcism, Nazism, Nepotism (Institutional Incest), Pathological Lying (The Big Lie), Patriarchy, Plantation Schools, Police, Police Chiefs, Police Training, Police Unions, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Predispositions, Prejudice, Profiling, Psychological Inferiority Theory, Racism (Overt, Covert, Aversive, Systemic, Institutional), Rape, Replacement Theory, Relocations (forced), Scapegoating, Scientific Racism, Self-Oppression, Separátocide (parent(s)-child separation), 1776 Report, Sexism, Sexual Assault, Sexual Coercion, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Slave Ships, Slavery, Social Death, Social Media, Socioeconomic Status, Soul Wounds, Sports – Athletics, Stereotyping, Storytelling, Suicide (perspectives on), Survivor Syndrome, Terra Nullius, Terrorism, Totalitarianism, Transphobia, Transgender, Trauma (multigenerational-intergenerational-victim-victimizer-originator-conspirator), Unmarked Slave Graves, Videotaping (Phone Cameras), Wakiksuyapi (Lakota), Wedge Issues, White Capital, White Entitlement, White Nationalism, White Loss, White Privilege, White Slavery, White Supremacy, Xenophobia