One hope that I have for working with families and children who come from diverse backgrounds is to be able to have great communication with them in order to make the transition easier. By providing great resources and input I feel that I will be capable of helping the child and the family adjust to their new surroundings. I hope that families and children who come from diverse backgrounds are able to embrace their diverse backgrounds without ridicule from anyone. With regards to diversity, equity, and social justice in the early childhood field, my goal is to incorporate these three topics into my curriculum in order to allow children to be able to gain new understanding of these topics. Over the past 8 weeks, I have grown and interacted with great colleagues in this class from different cultural backgrounds and I am grateful for the experience. I wish everyone the best of success in the future.
Japan is the country where the family is from that I will be having to join my group. In order to prepare myself for their arrival to my group, I plan on taking classes to learn basic Japanese. I also plan on learning about their culture such as the food and arts that they may like. I also plan on getting resources that will help me learn more about the history of Japan. I also want to have learning activities that will help merge their country with my country without overwhelming the family. I also want to learn about the different mannerisms and gestures that they use over in Japan so I will be comfortable with greeting them in their own manner.
I hope that these preparations will allow the family to feel comfortable and at ease with joining my group. With me being able to at least speak basic Japanese, that will help with the communication process.
A memory I have where I witnessed prejudice was when I went to a mobile home lot to inquire about financing a mobile home. When I first arrived there was a white man who did not even acknowledge my presence. I made myself known and asked him how much would I have to put down to get a mobile home. He said “If you don’t have 10,000 then don’t worry about getting one of my mobile homes.” (Who in there right mind would put down that large amount on a mobile home when you could buy a home?) He didn’t even offer to ask me any additional questions and basically ignored me after his comment. Upon my leaving a white lady pulled up and the owner greeted the lady and ask her “What are we looking for today?” Now remember I wasn’t greeted at all and had to make my presence known. I felt like the color of my skin affected how I was treated at this mobile home lot. I felt angry when someone who wasn’t black got treated 100% better than me. At the end of the day I made a formal complaint with the actual owner. The white man who I interacted with on that day needs to change his perspective on people who are from a different race. It is sad to admit but racism is not dead.
One microaggression that I detected this week was classism. I saw an article on facebook that listed income levels based on education levels categorized by whites,blacks, and other minorities. In each level white people made more than blacks. Now I do not find the article credible at all, but it got me to wondering if this was true this is unfair on all levels. I believe all individuals should be paid based on their education not the color of their skin. When I saw the article I automatically felt disappointed that someone would even publish this racial article depicting false statistics. This week’s observations just let me know that we all still have a lot of work to do when it comes to overcoming micro aggressions.
My friend is from Nigeria and her lifestyle and culture is 100% different from me but we still manage to be great friends. One of our cultural differences is that her family eat their dinner sitting on pillows on the floor. My friend does not need a lot of furniture. In her apartment she has only a chair, a tv, and a bed. The way that her culture is set up she only buys the things that she needs. The way my culture has taught me that I need certain material things for my daily use. Her definition of culture is the things that she was taught as a child and how she uses it as as an adult. Her definition of diversity is how we incorporate the differences of everyone that makes up society.
If I had to relocate to another country with my family the three items that I will take will be my marriage license, one of our family pictures and my bible. These three items are important to me because they hold a lot of value to me personally. My marriage license is important to me because it represents the legalization of my marriage to my husband. Taking one of our family pictures will help me hold on to a precious memory that reflects our time before the catastrophe. I definitely would need my bible because I use the word of God to help me through my trials and tribulations. If I was told I could only take one item once I arrived in the new country, I would have to choose my bible. I would feel real sad that I couldn’t take my marriage license and a family picture. One of the insights I gained from this exercise is that even though this was just an exercise but this does happen in real life in various parts of the world.
This has been an incredible journey that I have been on with pursuing my education in Early Childhood. Since I was 20 years old, I have wanted to start my own child care. There were a few obstacles that came up during my journey, but I am so glad that I decided to go back to college in 2009. Since I have been back in college, I have earned two degrees while being pregnant twice. This journey towards my greatness has given me the strength and wisdom to encourage other women or males who are hesitant about going back to school to work towards their dreams or goals. I constantly remind myself that I will start my daycare and I will be successful and I will make a difference in the children that I come into contact with. The courses that I have taken towards my masters degree has encouraged me to not give up on my passion for children. It seems like only yesterday that I made the decision at the age of 23 to go back to college and get my Bachelors in Business. Then look now I am finishing up my last week for my Masters. With my capstone project I know am able to make my dreams a reality. My long term goal is to have 5 child care centers in full operation in the Savannah, GA area. I feel invincible!