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CRE101 Culture and Society

This guide is meant to provide resources for the cultural diversity modules in CRE101.

Questions to Consider

1) How do stereotypes influence how we look at and understand the world?

2) How does race, culture and gender create barriers to understanding? 

3) Does multicultural studies help or hinder the myths associated with race, gender, and culture? 

Videos

An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter

Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement's three founders share what they've learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and "sharpen each other, so that we all can rise."

The Danger of a Single Story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

The Paradox of Diversity

“I believe that diversity is the nation’s unfinished business,” says Sanders Mobley. Dr. Sanders Mobley talks about the diversity wheel with the multiple diversities we all have; age, gender, religion, geographical location etc. She refers to it as a cultural contact lens – we are all constantly reading our environments. The message is to embrace our differences, be inclusive and learn from one another by embracing our individual strengths.

Did you hear about the Iranian-American? - Maz Jobrani, Comedian and Actor

A light relief TED Talk by comedian, Maz Jobrani, tackling the serious issue of being Muslim in today's Western world. Everyone is guilty of subscribing to stereotypes and Maz's view as an American of Iranian descent is funny and absolutely an idea worth sharing.

This talk brings home the 'walk a mile in my shoes' message that allows one to empathise, bridge understanding and build relationships.