CiTi BOCES presents
April 1st, 2022
Many of our behaviors grow from our experiences to help us in a variety of life situations. Research tells us our emotions drive our behaviors. What emotional roadblocks keep us from connecting with others? Together we will dig into the relationship of emotions and diversity and strategies to navigate challenging conversations. This self-guided module will bring you through videos, articles, additional resources and end with a course survey.
The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why
The head of a large division of a multinational corporation was running a meeting devoted to performance assessment. Each senior manager stood up, reviewed the individuals in his group, and evaluated them for promotion. Although there were women in every group, not one of them made the cut.
Discovering My Identity
In this lesson, students will describe aspects of their identities such as race, gender, ability, religion and more. Then after exploring Marley Dias' Black Girls Books campaign, students will analyze book illustrations and write their own book review noting how characters are similar and different from them.
This teaching strategy was originally designed for use in a face-to-face setting. For tips and guidance on how to use this teaching strategy in a remote or hybrid learning environment, view our Identity Charts (Remote Learning) teaching strategy. Identity charts are a graphic tool that can help students consider the many factors that shape who we are as individuals and as communities.
Additional Relevant Resources
Social Identity Theory
By Dr. Saul McLeod, updated 2019 Henri Tajfel's greatest contribution to psychology was social identity theory. Social identity is a person's sense of who they are based on their group membership(s). Tajfel (1979) proposed that the groups (e.g. social class, family, football team etc.) which people belonged to were an important source of pride and self-esteem.
Five Ways to Have Better Conversations Across Difference
It's hard to talk across differences in race, class, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, or any other kind of identity. We often lack the tools to help us graciously navigate conversations like these-and so we avoid having them.
Having a Difficult Conversation with Someone from a Different Culture
Most of us don't enjoy having difficult conversations, period - but when they involve someone from our own culture, we can usually rely on some basic shared assumptions about what the interaction should look like. When we have a difficult conversation with someone from a different culture, however, our task becomes harder by an order of magnitude.