Diversity Exercise/Reflection Paper
Overall Guidelines; see Rubric for additional details
Attend a large (100 + people minimum) event in San Diego County that is significantly different from
your own culture/ethnicity, preferably an event of a different language; a maximum of two (2) students
may attend the same event together. Immerse yourself in the activity â€“ religious service, bar mitzvah,
Greek church fair, Luna New Year, etc. â€“ including eating of the food(s) specific to this culture. To
determine the appropriateness of an event, check with Prof Waddell. To receive credit, one is to
at least TWO hours of the event.
4 – 6
paragraphs about the experience. Be sure to include:
Where, when (time & date both of the entire event and your attendance), what primary
culture/ethnicity, compare/contrast with Beatty, Chap. 11 (
Beatty, Chap 10 Cultural Competence
and/or Darby, Chapter 5 Cultural Competence are excellent additional resources); include a brief
discussion of the activity, food(s) and estimate the number of attendees.
Paragraphs 2 & 3
: Your feelings about the experience (
a long narrative of the event!). What did
you learn about this culture that is significant to your career as a dental hygienist; what is this cultureâ€™s
experience with healthcare and dentistry; does this community use cultural medicaments/traditions for
healing, etc.? Use vocabulary terms from Chapter 10 & at least one Cultural Model.
: Was the event/people welcoming to you as an outsider or did you feel isolated? How did
your lack of experience/knowledge of the culture impact you? What could have made it more
comfortable for you, etc.? How could you change this uncomfortable situation to one that makes you
more comfortable? What will you do when you encounter a dental patient who is obviously (or not so
obviously) from a different culture/ethnicity than your own. How could you make someone new to
dentistry feel welcome?
In order to successfully answer these questions, each student will need to engage in conversations with
individuals of the other culture; be sure to choose an activity where you can have this type of
interaction. To initiate the conversation, one method is to introduce yourself, state that you are a
student at SWC and explain that you are interested in learning more about his/her culture. This typically
provides an open, engaging conversation. People are generally willing to converse with another
individual or two; more than two is overwhelming and likely not a good opportunity to fulfill the needs
of your paper.
Appropriate writing for this paper will be 1
person singular, past tense. Be sure to cite using APA
my notes:I attended Chinese new year Festival in San Diego January 26 at 12pm-3:00pm there were around 300 people attending from all over diversity
The festival was two days from January 25-jan26/2020