Identify someone you know to interview for approximately 15-20 minutes, keeping in mind COVID safety and socially distanced interactions..
The purpose of this assignment is to increase awareness of your current skill level by conducting a brief interview with an individual known to you regarding a variety of potentially sensitive/controversial areas. You should select someone you do not know much about regarding these areas and/or someone who you feel has different experiences/views from your own. This may feel intimidating and/or scary and that is okay. If not, that’s great as well! This assignment is intentionally early in the semester so that you can assess your skills as the course commences. Then, at the end of the semester, I encourage you to reflect back on this experience/assignment to consider the knowledge and techniques you have developed. I can assure you there will be growth. I know I will say this often, but remember…this is your foundation as an emerging professional and you will continue to advance over both the course degree and your career. You are here to acquire new skills and knowledge. So be patient and graceful with yourself and the process. However, I do challenge you to really get out of your comfort zone—that is where the magic happens!
You are being asked to write a reflection based on an experience you participated in for this course. For this assignment, it is after interviewing an individual of your choice based on the prompts provided below. Specifically, by working through the three reflective states outlined above [What? So What? Not What?] you will think about the experience, its implications, and the future meaning you take away following that experience. Before beginning this assignment you should read more about this particular reflective model (The University of Edinburgh, 2020) and examples for how to consider its utility here: What? So what? Now what? (Links to an external site.)
- Identify someone you know to interview for approximately 15-20 minutes, keeping in mind COVID safety and socially distanced interactions. This assignment does not require in-person interaction; however, it is preferable that you can see the person in order to be attuned to body language and eye contact. Therefore, virtual interviews via your technology of choice (e.g. FaceTime, Zoom, etc.) are fine. A phone call is also acceptable but I would prefer it as a last resort. You should not use any recording device for this interview, including your phone. Instead, all notes should be taken by hand on paper. Remember, you should select someone you do not know much about regarding the areas below and/or someone who you feel has different experiences/views from your own.
- Choose 2-3 of the areas below to discuss with your chosen interviewee. The prompts are meant as guides and are not exhaustive. Think carefully about your interviewee and draft specific questions you want to ask them during the interview. Of course, you should naturally ask participants follow up questions as you go. If the topics feel uncomfortable keep in mind that is the point.
- Gender Identity/Expression: What is their gender? What is their gender expression? What is their personal experience with gender? What messages have they received about their gender? What messages have they received about other genders?
- Political Ideology: What is their political ideology? What messages have they received about their ideology? What challenges does this ideology pose when you encounter someone who disagrees with their ideology? How free do they feel to express themselves politically? In what ways has their political ideology shaped how they view ideas of a family? Relationships? Friendships?
- Race/Ethnicity: What term or terms do they use to identify their race/ethnicity? What messages have they received about their race/ethnicity? What connotations does their race/ethnicity have in the larger society? How has their race/ethnicity shaped how they operate in the world? In what ways has their race/ethnicity shaped how they view ideas of a family? Relationships? Friendships?
- Sexual Orientation: What is their sexual orientation? What messages have they received about their sexual orientation? What messages have they received about sexual orientations other than their own? In what ways has their sexual orientation shaped how they view ideas of a family? Relationships? Friendships?
- Social/Economic Class: What social/economic class were they born into? What social/economic class are they a part of now? What messages have they received about this particular social/economic class from people inside and/or out of their social/economic class? What are the implications of being a part of a particular social/economic class in America?
- Coordinate and conduct your interview, being sure to take notes along the way.
- Follow the expectations and prompts below to write your paper.