Lessons Learned from Multicultural Class

During the first quarter of the foundation year, all students are required to take a multicultural class.  Since I had taken several multicultural classes during my undergrad, I figured I would already know most of what we were discussing. Although much of the information was review, I learned more about myself than I ever imagined I would.  We did a “cultural experience” project where we researched a vulnerable and oppressed population and then visited members of the population to begin to understand their everyday life experiences.  Through this process, I learned that 1) we all hold stereotypes and biases about groups of people and that’s OK, 2) I still have a lot to learn about other cultures and groups, and 3) putting myself in the shoes of others can help me better understand my clients.  This was one of my favorite courses and I honestly wish that it would continue next quarter!!

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