Diverse is defined as showing a great deal of variety; very different. How many people in your workplace or even day to day life don't look like you? Don't sound like you? Don't act like you? How many of your coworkers have a disability that you can see? That you can't see? How many people that you work with are not your gender? How many of them identify as a different sexuality than yours?
People fail to realize how important it is to be around people who are NOT like you? Especially if you are the minority. Being the only woman in the room, the only person in a wheelchair, the only person with darker skin, the only person with curly hair, the only person with glasses. Regardless of which you are a minority.
However minuscule the differences may be to the person in the majority, they are noticeable to the person who is not. People tend to overcompensate when they are the only person like them in a room. For example, there are times when a woman is the only woman in the room she asserts herself differently in a room full of men. She wants her presence to be known, and respected on the same level like each and every man in the room would be.
Can you imagine being the only person in a room that is walking? Sitting in a wheelchair and feeling as if everyone is trying extra hard to be nicer because you're different? Why?!
Can you for one second wonder why when you sit in a classroom and the person next to you can't be still. That ADHD person is in the minority but is sitting in a classroom full of 100 people and cannot focus, but no one acknowledges this minority.
Have you ever seriously considered what it's like to walk a mile in someone elses shoes? If you have tell me about it? Tell me your views on diversity and what issues I failed to mention?