Identity Paper Assignment

ILS 138, CRC First-Year Seminar, Fall 2015


Exploring identity is one of the core components of this course. Our personal identities shape our primary points of view and our ways of experiencing the world. College graduates are working in increasingly diverse and multi-lingual workplaces and social worlds. In this course, we are exploring the concepts of identity, social justice, “isms” (racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ableism, etc.), and privilege as a way to understand ourselves. This is also connected to our discussions about the qualities of liberally educated people as identified by Bill Cronon. This paper is worth 15 points and 7.5% of your overall grade.

Paper Requirements:
  1. 200-250 words, double-spaced, 12 point font
  2. Incorporate personal reflections from ILS 138 class activities and discussions about diversity and identity. This includes, but is not limited to, weeks 3, 6 & 9.
  3. Include personal reflections from ILS 138 class learning materials about identity and diversity, which are available on Learn@UW.
  4. Additional questions you can use to help guide your writing (not required):
  • How has your time on campus impacted your personal view of identity or diversity?
  • How do you define diversity?
  • What are barriers to valuing or understanding diversity?
  • How can we better understand how our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors affect other people?
  • How does racism/sexism/heterosexism/ableism/classism affect a community?
  • Reflect on your identity pie. What did you learn by doing this activity?
  • Reflect on other diversity and identity activities you have participated in as a college student. What did you learn about yourself through these activities?
  • Have you previously experienced diversity trainings or discussions about identity? How does having these conversations make you feel?

Due Date
: Week 11(Submit to Dropbox on Learn@UW)

See Significant Learning Project.