Reflection: Intercultural Border Crossing, Power, and Privilege
Numerous resources exist to stimulate targeted, reflective thinking on intercultural communication, competency, self-understanding, and comprehension of positionality in respect to power and privilege. It’s ideal to consider these activities in light of the overarching course planning and reflection process.
- The Comfort Zone exercise moves students to engage in intercultural border crossing (and reflect upon that experience) before even leaving their home communities.
- The stereotype list activity demonstrates how early exercises may include local community members, encourage reflective activity throughout a program, and be leveraged to support effective communication during re-connection with home communities.
- Unpack your cultural baggage encourages participants to better understand their worldviews and may also be visited many times throughout a program experience.
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack is now considered a ‘classic’ by anti-racist educators. It is used to stimulate discussion itself, or in conjunction with activities such as the one featured below:
- The Privilege Walk was adapted from Peggy McIntosh’s article “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”
- Dr. Paul C. Gorski’s Critical Multicultural Pavilion, a voluminous site with numerous excellent educational resources, activities, and suggestions for multicultural curriculum. It’s primarily targeted at K-12 teachers, but the social justice speeches database and significant social justice quips and quotations collection will be useful for community organizers and educators working with all ages.
- Dr. Christine Sleeter, President of the National Association for Multicultural Education, has developed methodology for completing a critical family history, a theoretically-grounded activity that helps individuals understand their and their families’ historic and current socio-political context.
- Tim Wise, anti-racist author, essayist, educator, and professional provocateur gathers his work and considerable resources here. He’s good for provocative essays, video clips, and an essential reading list.