This assignment was intended to build awareness of cultural difference for students who would be interning in the juvenile and criminal justice system. We were blown away by the powerful statements that the students submitted and the incredible cultural diversity within the class. The following excerpts are posted, with student permission, in the belief that one of the most valuable take-away lessons from the assignment lies in a comparative reading of the students’ own words. A gentle reminder: please let in the words of these students without judgment, all are words of courage and respect.
anonymous students, legal studies 400: foundations of field education
Describe your culture.
What facets of your culture do you have the most difficulty sharing?
What facets of other people’s everyday culture do you struggle with judging?