Reflection Activity: Intersectionality
Now, let’s spend some time thinking about how intersectionality impacts our own lives.
The Social Identity Wheel, developed by the University of Michigan’s Inclusive Teaching program, is an activity that encourages us to identify social identities and reflect on the various ways those identities become visible or more keenly felt at different times, and how those identities impact the ways others perceive or treat us.
First, lets take a look at how the activity works in a classroom setting with students. Then, we’ll try it ourselves!
After you’ve finished watching the short video above, let’s begin:
Work your way around the wheel, starting with the social identity categories on the outside of the wheel, then moving to the numbered prompts in the center of the wheel.
After completing your wheel, answer these reflection questions:
What part of your identity do you see having the most effect on your interactions with other people?
Based on your reflection about your own identity, how can you develop, include, and celebrate the identity of the people you work with?
More about this activity:
The Social Identity Wheel can be used in conjunction with the Personal Identity Wheel to encourage participants (adults and youth, alike!) to reflect on the relationships and dissonances between their personal and social identities. The wheels can be used as a prompt for small or large group discussion or reflective writing on identity by using the Spectrum Activity, Questions of Identity.
*Access more resources on the University of Michigan’s Inclusive Teaching Activities site.