Ricki_WaltersBy Ricki Walters, Regional Diversity Trainer/Investigator

October is Diversity Awareness Month, a national commemorative month initiated by Carole Copeland Thomas. Today, our campuses, like our world, are more diverse than ever—something to embrace and celebrate.

If the World Were a Village of 100 People Though these numbers change by the minute, if we could reduce the world's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

The village would have: 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific
51 would be male, 49 would be female
82 would be non-white, 18 white
67 would be non-Christian, 33 would be Christian
80 would live in substandard housing
67 would be unable to read
50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
33 would be without access to a safe water supply
39 would lack access to improved sanitation
24 would not have electricity (And of the 76 that do, most would only use it for light at night.)
7 people would have access to the Internet
1 would have a college education
1 would have HIV
2 would be near birth, 1 near death
5 would control 32% of the entire world's wealth; all 5 would be US citizens
33 would be receiving--and attempting to live on--only 3% of the income of "the village" Source: If the World Were a Village of 100 People. The Family Care Foundation. 2007. 19 Sept. 2008. http://www.familycare.org/news/if_the_world.htm