IS-20: Diversity Awareness

1. Something as simple as the way you introduce yourself can bridge cultural differences and improve
understanding of disaster assistance programs.
A. True
B. False

2. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, our population is becoming more racially and ethnically similar.
A. True
B. False

3. Diversity is:
A. Part of mandatory quotas required by the Civil Rights Act.
B. Primarily the responsibility of specialists working in human resources and equal employment opportunity.
C. Related to race and ethnicity rather than internal aspects such as work experiences.
D. About being inclusive of individual differences such as communication styles.

4. During deployment of the disaster workforce, the Federal Coordinating Officer has the sole responsibility for
fostering a positive and inclusive culture.
A. True
B. False

5. If you make a cultural communication misstep, the best thing to do is to:
A. Explain the policy that justifies your actions.
B. Apologize and express a willingness to learn.
C. File a report to document the incident.
D. Avoid causing more harm by pretending that nothing happened.

6. Review the statements below. Which statement is TRUE?
A. Reactions to disaster warnings are similar across cultures.
B. Cultural values remain constant and unchanging through life.
C. Recognizing generational traits is part of understanding workforce diversity.
D. Diversity is simply a matter of being nice to others.

7. Groups with more diverse members are effective at solving difficult problems because they:
A. Share responsibility equally among group members.
B. Debate every small nuance of each issue or problem.
C. Leverage the different opinions and outlooks of the group members.
D. Establish a traditional leadership structures to facilitate rapid decision-making.

8. Culture influences all of the following EXCEPT FOR:
A. Ability to empathize with disaster survivors.
B. Beliefs and reactions to situations.
C. Values that influence decision-making.
D. Notions of time.

9. Diversity is generally defined as acknowledging, understanding, accepting, valuing, and celebrating the variety of
characteristics that make individuals unique.
A. True
B. False

10. All of the following are goals of FEMA’s Diversity Action Plan EXCEPT FOR:
A. Build a sustained leadership commitment to a diverse FEMA through education, accountability, and total workforce
B. Build, develop, retain and engage a diverse workforce.
C. Build a work environment that minimizes differences in perspectives and outlooks.
D. Build a work environment that promotes diversity and inclusion.

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