Scenario: You are journaling with a friend who has never spent time in the United States but plans to come to live. Your friend has expressed curiosity and concern about some of the challenging diversity issues facing the United States. You have decided to write a journal entry to describe some aspects of what your friend can expect.
Identify three problematic diversity issues to discuss in your journal entry (race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, age, language, disability). Select different issues than those you’ve addressed in the previous weeks of this course.
Write a journal entry that addresses each of the three diversity issues you’ve identified. Each diversity issue should be addressed in 175 to 225 words. To craft your journal entry, consider what you’ve learned in this course and observed in your life, and address the following:
- Where in America would the person moving here likely see or experience each issue (workplace, education institutions, armed forces, sports, religious organizations/institutions, families, politics/government, entertainment/media, justice system, health care, etc.)?
- What are the causes of each issue? From your perspective, why did each become an issue, and why does each issue continue to exist?
- What is at least one effect of each issue on the U.S. as a country and its citizens individually?
- In your opinion, what are possible strategies and solutions for overcoming these issues today and in the future? Discuss what the person moving to the U.S. might do to be a part of the solution.