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Everyone must "negotiate" and shape their identity as they mature, age, and adapt to fate and circumstance. Together, these books offer timeless and relevant themes of individual and collective identity in America--themes that continue to be important to our communities, state, and nation.2015-17: Negotiating Identity in America
2015-17: Topics of Relevance to "Negotiating Identity
IdentityCritical Service Learning as a Tool for Identity Exploration. Service learning is widely understood as a way for students to learn about others. But it also provides opportunities for students to learn about their own identities, which shape their service-learning experiences. By David M. Donahue and Tania D. Mitchell, Association of American Colleges and Universities
DiversityHas Diversity Lost Its Meaning? How does a word become so muddled that it loses much of its meaning? How does it go from communicating something idealistic to something cynical and suspect? If that word is "diversity," the answer is: through a combination of overuse, imprecision, inertia and self-serving intentions. By Anna Holmes, New York Times Magazine
Teaching Tipfrom Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education Kay Landis, Editor
"Identity Groups": A simple exercise to get everyone thinking together about their cultural, class, ethnic, religious, gender, and other identities.
- Before Class: Prepare a list of potential identity groups. Include large, broad groups as well as small, distinctive groups.
- Call Out the Groups: Invite members to stand, and invite everyone to notice who is in the group and who is not.
- Think about the Groups. Have participants pair off and discuss what's great and what's hard about being in their particular groups, and what they want others never to do, say, or think about their group again.
- Open Discussion: Bring the group make together, and invite people to share.
Past Themes and BooksResources for each theme include reader's guides, faculty resources, and supplemental materials.
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