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Creating Cultural Self Awareness
I. How Did You Come To Be Here? An ancestral/historical and geographical/migrational bio (adapted from Sara Thomsen, firstname.lastname@example.org by DivCom)
If they came here from another country, from where, when, how, and why did they come?
If they chose to come, what did their journey to get here look like (if you don’t know stories from your own family, what can you discover through the stories of others that were in similar experiences?)
If they were forced to come here, what did their journey to get here look like (if you don’t know stories from your own family, what can you discover through the stories of others that were in similar experiences?)
If some or all of your ancestors were indigenous to this country, where did they live and in what ways were they impacted by immigration and colonization? If they lived in different areas at different times, when, how, and why did they move?
In what ways did your forebears lives impact and shape the lives of their descendants?
II. To take the course introductions to another level and apply to the Pastures of Plenty theme: How did you come to be here? (Paula Pedersen, Department of Psychology email@example.com):
Test your knowledge of U.S. immigration history. http://news.change.org/stories/test-your-knowledge-of-immigration-history
III. Additional resources to facilitate this process of cultural self awareness:
Enhancing Self-Awareness: A Practical Strategy to Train Culturally Responsive Social Work Students
Appendix A includes the outline of the ethnic roots assignment
Text: McLemore, S., Romo, H., & Baker, S. (2001). Racial and ethnic relations in
America (6th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Culture, tradition and appropriation In Witnessing Whiteness
Resources on cultural self awareness for white people in chapter 1, workshop 1.2
Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, Second Edition, Routledge, 2007
Edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell and Pat Griffin
* The files below are from Ch. 7; Racism, Immigration, and Globalization Curriculum Design
** See the last pdf for additional video and print resources on the topic
The New Americans
The New Americans civic engagement and educational outreach campaign uses the groundbreaking PBS series to engage people in constructive conversations at community forums, online and in classrooms—key places where people turn to talk about immigration and what it means to be an "American."http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/newamericans/index.html
Interviews with Today's Immigrants (Library of Congress)
Myths about Immigration