Section 1: Self-Exploration of Cultural Influence
1.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.
2.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.
3.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.
4.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?
5.How have I learned the traditions, expectations, and rules of the groups that I am a member of? Consider how these traditions, expectations, and rules have been communicated to you.
6.Does my group membership give me privilege or not?
7.As a result of my membership in these groups, am I aware of any prejudice/bias/stereotypes that I, or the group, hold?
8.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.
Section 2: Otherness Experience
1.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.
2.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.
3.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
1.What was your rationale for researching this particular event or activity?
2.What was the experience like? Did you feel a sense of “otherness”?
3.What cultural dynamics did you observe?
4.What did you learn about yourself and/or your culture as a whole?
5.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 3: Community Analysis and Identification of Needs (Employment Specific)
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 community search, keep in mind some of the content areas (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, and so on) that you’ve read about in your 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.
1.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?
2.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.
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.