diversity exercise reflection paper

Diversity Exercise/Reflection Paper

Overall Guidelines; see Rubric for additional details

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Attend a large (100 + people minimum) event in San Diego County that is significantly different from

your own culture/ethnicity, preferably an event of a different language; a maximum of two (2) students

may attend the same event together. Immerse yourself in the activity – religious service, bar mitzvah,

Greek church fair, Luna New Year, etc. – including eating of the food(s) specific to this culture. To

determine the appropriateness of an event, check with Prof Waddell. To receive credit, one is to


at least TWO hours of the event.


4 – 6

paragraphs about the experience. Be sure to include:

Paragraph 1:

Where, when (time & date both of the entire event and your attendance), what primary

culture/ethnicity, compare/contrast with Beatty, Chap. 11 (


Beatty, Chap 10 Cultural Competence

and/or Darby, Chapter 5 Cultural Competence are excellent additional resources); include a brief

discussion of the activity, food(s) and estimate the number of attendees.

Paragraphs 2 & 3

: Your feelings about the experience (


a long narrative of the event!). What did

you learn about this culture that is significant to your career as a dental hygienist; what is this culture’s

experience with healthcare and dentistry; does this community use cultural medicaments/traditions for

healing, etc.? Use vocabulary terms from Chapter 10 & at least one Cultural Model.

Paragraph 4

: Was the event/people welcoming to you as an outsider or did you feel isolated? How did

your lack of experience/knowledge of the culture impact you? What could have made it more

comfortable for you, etc.? How could you change this uncomfortable situation to one that makes you

more comfortable? What will you do when you encounter a dental patient who is obviously (or not so

obviously) from a different culture/ethnicity than your own. How could you make someone new to

dentistry feel welcome?

In order to successfully answer these questions, each student will need to engage in conversations with

individuals of the other culture; be sure to choose an activity where you can have this type of

interaction. To initiate the conversation, one method is to introduce yourself, state that you are a

student at SWC and explain that you are interested in learning more about his/her culture. This typically

provides an open, engaging conversation. People are generally willing to converse with another

individual or two; more than two is overwhelming and likely not a good opportunity to fulfill the needs

of your paper.

Appropriate writing for this paper will be 1


person singular, past tense. Be sure to cite using APA


my notes:I attended Chinese new year Festival in San Diego January 26 at 12pm-3:00pm there were around 300 people attending from all over diversity

The festival was two days from January 25-jan26/2020

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