I consider diversity to be one of the most important factors when it comes to having a professional, cohesive, and hospitable workplace. If everyone in a work setting were to be the same, then there would be less of a chance for differing opinions, and many people wouldn’t look beyond their own viewpoints. The more diverse a setting is, the better it will be. Diversity doesn’t even have to be that hard to achieve. Diversity can include ethnicity, gender, age, religion, and sexuality. Everyone can fall under the concept of diversity.
For example, I am white, a woman, 19 years old, an agnostic, and queer. I offer unique perspectives from my own personal experiences. I can speak in regards to agnostic or queer discourse, and tell my story of being a young woman in modern society. Likewise, someone else who might be black, christian, and asexual could offer a unique perspective that I would not be able to personally speak from. Both of our opinions, experiences, and viewpoints matter. Applying this to the workplace, the more diversity, the better off the company will probably be.
More specifically applicable to myself, I am a Criminology major. In the field of Criminology, we deal with explaining why crime occurs. Crime can be committed by every living person on the planet, thus it is imperative that diversity exists within a field that deals with every kind of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, etc. The more diverse this field is, the more differing perspectives can be provided by all different kinds of people. It is important to be able to have competing values and opinions within the field of Criminology because if crime was viewed by only one perspective, it would not account for every person, because every person varies in some way.