Sociology of Diversity
Section 1: Self-Exploration of Cultural Influence
- What groups am I a part of? Consider your family, gender, ethnicity, and so on. Be as broad and as inclusive as possible as you’re assessing the impact that membership in these groups has had on your personal and professional development.
- Of the groups I am a part of, are there any that I am particularly proud of being a member of? If yes, explain the source of this pride.
- Of the group or groups I am a part of, are there any that cause me to feel some embarrassment, hurt, or shame because of my membership? If yes, explain the source of this shame.
- Consider the possibility that the group(s) you think about in reference to questions 2 and 3 above are the same. What are the implications of this for me, if that’s the case?
- How have I learned the traditions, expectations, and rulesof the groups that I am a member of? Consider how these traditions, expectations, and rules have been communicated to you.
- Does my group membership give me privilege or not?
- As a result of my membership in these groups, am I aware of any prejudice/bias/stereotypes that I, or the group, hold?
- What strengths/skills have I developed through my membership in these groups?
Rather than merely answering the questions in the order they’re asked above, write an integrated essay of your reflection.
This section of assignment will likely be three to four pages in length. As you write, pay particular attention to the notions of prejudice, bias, and stereotypes that you may have become aware of.
My biological last name is Thatcher. My adopted last name is Hansen. From this, you can get the “group” that I am a part of.
Also, I grew up and was baptized a Mormon. -I no longer practice this religion due to the fact that I dont agree with anything
they teach/preach. I am embarassed when my friends find out this part of me. But on the other hand, I respect my family (both sides)
who still practice – as I do not show them to much of my “normalcy” when I am around them. I follow their practices.
Section 2: Otherness Experience
- If you were to research two cultural events or activities in which you’ll be able to experience “otherness” with respect to a diversity topic, such as
- Researching a Latino event if you’re not Latino
- Researching a Native American ceremony if you’re not a Native American
- Researching in an activity with African Americans, if you’re not African American
- Researching a religious ceremony other than one that you would typically attend
- Researching somewhere where you feel you would be different from the group around you
The list of possibilities with respect to what you choose to research can be defined very broadly. Your geographical
location will in some ways determine what’s available to you. This in and of itself can be noted as a diversity
issue. Be creative and challenge yourself as you choose what you could research. Your purpose in researching the event
is to learn about the culture that you’re witnessing and to learn about your feelings and reactions to this experience
and the event itself.
If there’s a program brochure, advertisement, or bulletin that outlines the event, scan it into your computer
and include it in the submission of your final paper as an appendix after the reference page.
- Include outside material to support your writing. After you research the event, find two readings or articles that give
some meaning to what you’ve learned. This material must be referenced in your paper where applicable and
should also be included on the reference page of your project submission.
- After you’ve researched and have found supporting written material, write the details of
your research for Section 2.
Consider and address the following questions and points
- What was your rationale for researching this particular event or activity?
- What was the experience like? Did you feel a sense of “otherness”?
- What cultural dynamics did you observe?
- What did you learn about yourself and/or your culture as a whole?
- Did you gain any insights that will help you provide culturally responsive services to others in your current
or anticipated employment?
Just as indicated in Section 1 of this project, you’re to write an integrated response that indicates reflection on the research
Section 2 will be about four pages in length.
Section 3: Community Analysis and Identification of Needs
This part of the project requires you to research the services and events available in your area specific to the issue of
diversity. In many locations, city or town governments may have an office that addresses issues of arts and culture.
If this is the case in your area, contact them or visit their website to see a calendar of events.Another good starting
point may be the “blue pages” of your local telephone directory. As you begin your communitysearch, keep in mind
some of the content areas (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and so on) that you’ve read about inyour textbook and
study guide. In this section of your paper, you should focus on the services and events that are available with regard to
two or three of the populations/cultures that have been a part of this course of study.
- As you locate events and services in your community that address issues of diversity or provide services to people from diverse backgrounds, learn what the mission and goals are of the particular agency or event coordinators.
To do this, contact the sponsors of events and/or the agencies or their websites. As you gather information, it might be helpful
to keep the following questions in mind:
- What need is there for this agency to exist? Or, what purpose does this event fulfill?
- How long has this agency or event been in existence?
- What is the mission of this agency/event?
- How is this agency/event funded?
- In the case of an agency, what services are delivered and what needs is it trying to meet?
- Does this agency/event enhance the lives of people in the community? If so, whose and how? If not, what’s the
reason behind this?
- After you’ve gathered information specific to two or three cultures in your community, prepare the content
for Section 3, dividing it into two parts.
In Part 1, report what you’ve discovered about your local community.
You can use the questions outlined above as a guide to your reporting. Present your material in an integrated
narrative in paragraph form as opposed to just reporting the answers to questions.
In Part 2, comment on how, or if, what you discovered about your community will impact you in your current
or anticipated employment.
This part of Section 3 should be several paragraphs long. These paragraphs are expected to integrate. What you learned
about your self-awareness from Sections 1 and 2
- What you’ve learned about your community
- How this knowledge will affect your current or future employment
For example, if I were a pharmacist and could use a service in the community that reprints drug information in additional
languages, it would enhance my job performance. The text for this section should be three to four pages in length.
Section 4: Summary and Recommendations to Promote Cross-Cultural Understanding
In Section 4, summarize what you’ve learned about yourself and your community with respect to cultural
diversity and cross-cultural understanding.
Some relevant comments might include whether you’ve been surprised or dismayed by your discoveries. Use the
information you learned about yourself and your community to make recommendations with respect to what’s needed
in your community to promote cross-cultural understanding. These recommendations should be specific to the areas
on which you concentrated in Section 3. Try to include action steps that you might take if given the opportunity.
The text for this section should be approximately one to two pages in length