(Essay question on final reflection paper)
Write a review for one of the guest presentations and/or videos. You can include your responses to the following questions. The best answers will incorporate ideas expressed in the readings.
One unexpected idea/fact I learned from this presentation/video was:
One piece of information or idea from this presentation/video that I can currently use in my life (on my job, in school, in my family/relationships) is:
The clearest question or comment I now have regarding the topic addressed in the presentation/video is:
The best presentation was the diversity presentation by the guest speaker. Unfortunately, I can’t remember his name, but he was extremely lively and conducted one heck of a presentation. The ideas he presented about diversity livened up a topic that I personally felt has been beaten to death. I was surprised to hear some of the facts presented about the Native American community. I also didn’t expect him to tell us to keep ignorant people close to us. This idea will be something I use for the rest of my life. Instead of bluntly trying to persuade people to change their mind, I will slowly inject my thoughts into their life. The clearest question I now have would be to find out what is being done to correct the wrongs committed against Native Americans. We read about how many minority groups are receiving small things to create equality from the government, but it seems like more could be done to correct the wrongs committed against the Native Americans. This is something I can take to heart as I am one-eight Native American.
I sincerely enjoyed the presentation given by Andre Koen that explored the issue of race in America and how it affects us on a personal level. I had read in the Mio textbook how we are all more alike than we are different and how race is a totally social construct because we are all the same “race” being human, but I don’t think it really hit home to me until we did the exercise in class. Finding that though we may not look alike at all, most of the things we had in common were our values and the importance we placed on relationships. I found the entire presentation eye opening, but what sticks with me to this day is that we are all more alike than we are different.
One unexpected idea/fact I learned from this presentation/video was: Fort Snelling was basically a concentration camp for Native Americans. Blew me away, I really had no idea. This has made me much more interested in learning more about historical trauma suffered by Native Americans.
One piece of information or idea from this presentation/video that I can currently use in my life (on my job, in school, in my family/relationships) is: I really had an eye opening experience with the “context” topic. I have always understood the importance of context when it comes to understanding each other, but the examples he used (the farmer going to New York and vice versa) just resonated with me and opened my eyes even wider. This actually has helped me at home in my relationship with my boyfriend. On a much smaller scale, he too, is a farmer and grew up in the country, while I grew up in the city. We bash heads and run into many issues because of the contexts in which we were raised. Andre’s lecture reminds me that we just simply have different contexts and perspectives. And recognizing this is half the battle.
The clearest question or comment I now have regarding the topic addressed in the presentation/video is: I had asked Andre after class on how to deal with someone who is in my life but who has some bigoted and racist views. I would love to pick his brain more on this topic but he did give me some good insight and advice. It’s a touchy, difficult subject when you are seeing these negative attitudes and attributes come out of someone you love. Another question I’d like to ask would be how he or even other professors/ therapists/counselors/psychologists in this field, deal with their family members or loved ones when it comes to issues that they have. I am not even done with my degree yet but I get chastised when I try to use my knowledge from class in real-life situations. They don’t take me too seriously or they think that just because I am in school for psychology, that I must know what they’re thinking. It’s frustrating to say the least.
One unexpected idea/fact I learned from this presentation/video was: how openly disclosed racism was in the media. By watching that episode of Arche Bunker I was confused because I thought it was hilarious and was sitting in the back of the class laughing, hard. It wasn’t until the speaker broke down the main characters “bigotry” that I realized I was blind to the reality of that television shows effect on others. I didn’t see it as wrong in the moment it was playing, so I realize now that there must be other times in my daily life that things are hurtful and offensive to other and I have no idea it’s going on.
One piece of information or idea from this presentation/video that I can currently use in my life (on my job, in school, in my family/relationships) is: throughout this entire finale I have been relating everything I talk about to “context”, it must have had a bigger impact then I realized on me. After he showed us the iceberg and explained that concept, all I took from it was to really start to evaluate the context of what is going on and why versus just jump to instant conclusions. So it is evident that I am using context in my life now thanks to your presenter and you reiterating throughout the semester.
The clearest question or comment I now have regarding the topic addressed in the presentation/video is: what other skills can we develop into tools that we can incorporate in to the way we think and see the world around us so as to be better, from your experience?
I think the best thing that ever happened in this class was the presentation that was done. I can’t remember his name right now but it was the only guest speaker that we had. He was extremely captivating and had such a great passion for what he was talking about.
He was so exciting and he had amazing stories. He was just relatable I feel. Everything that he talked about was in total sync with everything we had learned. We were doing readings on race and the chapter was talking about prejudice. He had such an awesome explanation about biases, prejudice, and discrimination and exactly how they manifest. Honestly, I will remember his presentation for a lifetime. He is the best speaker that I’ve seen thus far. He was meant to do that job.
One unexpected idea/fact I learned from this presentation/video was: I don’t think anything was too unexpected in my opinion. Maybe the way he linked bias, discrimination, and prejudice.
One piece of information or idea from this presentation/video that I can currently use in my life (on my job, in school, in my family/relationships) is: To remember to embrace differences and to think about why people may have biases, or negative thoughts towards others and to be patient and willing to challenge those biases or negative thoughts.
The clearest question or comment I now have regarding the topic addressed in the presentation/video is: I don’t have any questions. The clearest comment/statement that I have would be that the presentation really showed just how big of a role diversity plays into our lives, especially if we’re choosing to go into any kind of helping profession.
Andre's purpose is to reconnect people to their Dignity and Honor in Being Human.