Diversity is defined by Websters Merriam dictionary as the condition of being diverse: variety; especially the inclusion of diverse people in a group or organization. Wikipedia notes that diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
These two definitions I believe encapsulate the diversity I see within Calos small family oriented community. Though we have a small student/family community we also have a diverse community due to our specialized focus. We have students from all over the country, of varying ethnicities, religions, backgrounds, both adopted and not adopted, etc. Our relationship based attachment model embraces the individual differences within our students and their families. Calos unique ability to individualize treatment for each student/family allows for and embraces diversity. The diversity at Calo brings the students and families together and unites them as we all work toward the common goal of healing and moving toward interdependence. Calo provides the safe, positive, nurturing environment such that real change may occur.