Our Stories: An Examination of Racial and Ethnic Socialization





Course Description

“If it is not possible to change the world without a certain dream or vision for it, I must make use of every possibility there is not only to speak about my utopia, but also to engage in practices consistent with it.” – Paulo Freire. Images, values, and perceptions shape how we see ourselves and others. In a society where racist ideologies are a factor, many practices and experiences are adverse to minority groups. This course seeks to survey the stories of racial and ethnic “others” in literature, film, music and art to explore the personal experiences of minorities grappling and navigating this reality. Positive and negative racial and ethnic socialization will be analyzed. This will be in tandem with examining research, news and other non-fiction sources on social, economic and political issues. Some of the topics to be investigated include: identity, colorism, gentrification, educational inequality, and social media. We will dissect the stories of different races and ethnicities to develop a holistic view. Students will engage in discourse reflecting on the different mediums and share personal experiences. The intention of this coursework is to validate their realities and to nurture a community based on inclusion.