As a nation we have come a long way in terms of diversity and team building within the last 20 —but our work as a nation is far from done. It’s important that as a country we continue to educate ourselves with techniques and strategies that ultimately help us work together as a team. Here are 5 reasons we need to continue to promote and build teamwork on college campuses.
1. Our nation is changing, and our higher education institutions need to reflect this diversity. More than half of all U.S. babies today are people of color, and by 2050 our nation will have no clear racial or ethnic majority. Communities of color are tomorrow’s leaders, and we need to better prepare our future workforce.
2. While communities of color have made great strides in closing the education gap, disparities in higher education remain prevalent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009 about 28 percent of Americans older than 25 years of age had a four-year college degree. That same year only 17 percent of African Americans and 13 percent for Hispanics had a four-year degree.
3. It’s in our national interest to invest in our future workforce. People of color today make up about 36 percent of the workforce. According to Census Bureau projections, by 2050 one in two workers will be a person of color.
As our nation becomes more diverse, so too does our workforce. As our nation becomes more diverse, it is crucial that institutions of higher education reflect this diversity. Our growing communities of color are America’s future, and it is important that we not only prepare people of color as future leaders, but that we also expose all students to diversity and teambuilding in education so that America’s students are more competitive in an increasingly global economy.