Step 1: Select and read two to three articles as outlined in course readings under Intersectionality & Professional Development section.
I have seleted the 3 below:
Mattsson, T. (2014). Intersectionality as a useful tool: Anti-oppressive social work and critical reflection. Affilia: Journal of Woman and Social Work, 29(1), 8-17.
Suarez, Z.E., Newman, P.A., & Reed, B.G. (2008). Critical consciousness and cross-cultural/Intersectional social work practice: A case analysis. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 89:3, 407-417.
Watts-Jones, T. D. (2010). Location of self: Opening the door to dialogue on intersectionality in the therapy process. Family Process, 49(3), 405-420.
Step 2: Create your own intersectionality diagram, using the sample intersectional diagram as an example. How would you fill in this diagram based on your own identity, social location, power, privilege, oppression, etc. You are welcome to be creative and edit the diagram in any way to capture your unique understanding of intersectionality.
Step 3: Write a 2-3 page reflection paper (first person) based on the following:
Create your own intersectionality diagram (use example provided in the above link or google “intersectionality” and view additional images. Or create your own).
Integrate the 2-3 selected articles (or 2 articles and 1 multimedia). Reflect on how these resources may impact or inform your development, personally and professionally. Discuss what you have learned about your unique positioning and awareness of intersecting identities. Also, discuss power structures which influence your identity. Address how intersectionality theory (intersecting identities and power structures) relates to your sense of power, privilege, and oppression. [If you are struggling with whether to focus on the past or present; give thought to how you got to where you are today? The past often informs our present, right? You can have a comparison of Past & Present in your diagram or focus solely on now. Your choice. Choose to share only what makes sense for you].
What surprised you?
How will this guide your social work practice?