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Diversity Perspectives for Social Work Practice

ByJoseph Anderson, Robin Wiggins-Carter, DPA

C ulture, race, ethnicity, and diversity are intertwined and sequential con-cepts that have appeared in the social work and counseling literatureregarding culture and clinical practice. Over the last decade the concept of diversity has included multicultural dimensions, in addition to concerns related to such particular client groups as (a) American ethnicities, with special emphasis on ethnics of color; (b) lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients; (c) persons with disabilities; (d) age groups; and (e) gender groups or clients with gender-related concerns. In short, diversity refers to ethnic heritage, cultural background, group affiliation, identity, and status. In this context, identity refers to sexual and other non-ethnic identities, and status refers to any biosocial or socioeconomic status, including the state of disability and socialclass status.