To start the semester off we hosted a module on diverse communities.
The goals of this module were to:
Everyone has a variety of identities placed upon them by themselves and their society. These include things like: Race, ethnicity, social class, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, spiritual or religious affiliation, age, body size/shape, appearance, education, immigrant status, etc.
While some of these identities are visible, others can be hidden. Our choices can be heavily based on our self-perception of how those identities will be perceived and the stereotypes, both positive and negative, that we associate with them. Much of what we think of these identities is learned through our experiences with family and peers, at school, in the community, through the media, or elsewhere in our lives. The challenges both in opportunity and in self-perception that we face result from a combination and intersection of how we perceive ourselves and the way we are perceived. Even when some of our identities are considered valuable in society, others that are perceived as less desirable can be used as tools of oppression or justification for discrimination. We should always strive to examine our own perceptions and try to analyze and correct our biases.
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