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Section 1. Understanding Culture and Diversity in Building Communities

___ Culture is a group or community which shares common experiences that shape the way its members understand the world.

___ Culture is important because it influences their views, their values, their humor, their hopes, their loyalties, and their worries and fears.

___ The world is becoming increasingly diverse and includes people of many religions, languages, economic groups, and other cultural groups.

___ Including many cultures in a community helps communities achieve common goals, represent all members of the community, and overcome racial and ethnic divisions.

___ Welcome everyone to the community.

___ Eliminate guilt because it prevents productivity.

___ Recognize cultural differences.

___ Work together as a team.