Student Services: Race, Class, Gender: Student Identity Development

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This workshop discussed the content and instructional methodology of Harlem Educational Activity Fund's social identity class for high school students.

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Student Services: Race, Class, Gender: Student Identity Development

  1. 1. Race, Class, Gender and Other Difficult Conversations with Young People: Colloquia on Student Identity Development Dr. Deidre Franklin-Jackson, Director of Youth Development and Counseling Merle McGee, Vice President Programs Nancy Moonhee Cha, Counseling Coordinator
  2. 2. <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pieces of a Pie </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>HEAF is a comprehensive supplemental education and youth development organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is to assist college-bound students from educationally and/or economically disadvantaged communities in developing and cultivating the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values and personal resiliency required of tomorrow's leaders. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Youth Development <ul><li>Youth development includes a variety of </li></ul><ul><li>character education and life skills courses </li></ul><ul><li>intended to help students identify and </li></ul><ul><li>maximize their personal strengths and to </li></ul><ul><li>use those strengths to improve their </li></ul><ul><li>ability to make self-affirming choices and </li></ul><ul><li>to enhance the quality of their social and </li></ul><ul><li>personal interactions. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Social Identity <ul><li>What is the social identity course? </li></ul><ul><li>Rational for discussing social identity with college bound young people </li></ul>
  6. 6. Social Identity Topics <ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnicity </li></ul><ul><li>Social Class </li></ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Orientation </li></ul>
  7. 7. Course Components <ul><li>Gender Specific </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture/Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on activities </li></ul><ul><li>Self-exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Journaling </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lecture/Discussion <ul><li>Defining social constructs </li></ul><ul><li>Deconstructing stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring socio-political relationships between & within groups </li></ul><ul><li>Examining media representations </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hands-on Activities <ul><li>Build A House </li></ul>
  10. 10. Self-Exploration <ul><li>Serves to bring into consciousness the existence of the identity and membership in a particular group. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the ways in which students have been socialized. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore biases and stereotypes. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore personal experiences related to an identity. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Outcomes for Youth <ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger sense of self </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitivity </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking </li></ul>
  12. 12. Training Staff <ul><li>Deep understanding of social constructs </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledging assumptions and biases </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue versus dogma </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Dr. Deidre Franklin-Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Youth Development & Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>212-663-9732 ext 26 </li></ul><ul><li>www.heaf.org </li></ul>

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