Thursday, March 30, 2017

Making Sense of Our Personal Identity

By Tsewang Rinzin

It was a truly amazing experience I had at the Regional Convention at Albany from March 3rd to 5th hosted by Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Among many activities, I had the most fun and experienced great learning outcomes during the poster presentation. Part of the reason is because of all the hard work that we put in for the Honors in Action research project, I was finally able to showcase what we learned from our project to all the honor students present. And most importantly I was able to experience great intellectual conversation about other chapters’ poster presentations.

Kingsborough Community college’s project in particular, I found their poster to be very engaging. Although both Kingsborough and my college chose the same theme of Individualism and Collectivism and learned that understanding our personal identity is extremely vital in order to understand how our actions or ways of life impact our society. While we chose to do True Colors as an activity to discover our identities, Kingsborough chose to analyze racial identity which I find interesting. I think their project was unique was because of their action aspect of their research. America is one of the most racially divided nations on the planet. Kingsborough named their action as ‘profiling’ where they were joined by their fellow PTK members and other students to explore how they are profiled based on their racial identity. The bottom line is that through the exploration of theme two of individualism and collectivism, I learned that it is not only important to know our true identity but also we have to understand our racial identity to fight against racism, prejudice and discrimination.

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