The purpose of this assignment is for students to reflect of the ways that culture, communication, and intersectional identity apply to their sense of self and lived experiences. This 600-800 word* essay should be grounded in the assigned class reading

The purpose of this assignment is for students to reflect of the ways that culture, communication,
and intersectional identity apply to their sense of self and lived experiences. This 600-800 word*
essay should be grounded in the assigned class readings and demonstrate an understanding of
these readings and concepts aka I should be able to tell that you read the articles. This is not a
free write or creative writing paper.
*A double-spaced page has approximately 250 words.
Be sure to name the specific social/cultural identities (Anderson & Collins, 2013; Collier, 1997;
Gopaldas, 2013) you have and how the fit into the matrix of domination (Anderson & Collins,
2013). The list of cultural identities does not have to be exhaustive and students should only
discuss the parts of their identity they are comfortable sharing with me (Dr. G). There isnt a
minimum number of identities to discuss as particular social identity structures have different
salience (Collier, 1997, p. 43) depending on the circumstances. I did drop a huge hint during
lecture regarding three parts of identity that are pivotal to understanding intersectionality. Im
not going to repeat myself but its also in the title of one of the articles so This is also
something yall could discuss in your study groups.
As we have not begun the unit on power and privilege, I will provide a couple resources in
Canvas that come from experts who look at social structures of advantages and disadvantages to
assist students in discussing the matrix of domination. Note: as mentioned in lecture, a student
may have social identity linked to a specific position within the matrix of domination but not feel
as though they have the advantages and/or disadvantages ascribed to that identity. That is fine
and can be used as a point of discussion in the essay.
As this is an intercultural communication class, be sure to also discuss the role that
communication plays in your understanding of your intersectional identity. The articles have
provided the concepts on the role that communication plays in identity construction. In addition,
the personal narratives included in this unit provide an example of these processes that students
can draw parallels to their own experiences.
An important PSA about quoting articles:
Quotes from a reading should be used to support a writers point, not replace their words.
Quotes should only illustrate or provide an example of what you are writing about. As such, use
direct quotes sparingly in this paper. More than one direct quote in a paragraph is a big neon sign
to me that a student didnt understand what they were reading. I would recommend aiming for a
maximum of 1 direct quote per page. This may seem strict but the essay is about showing what
youve learned and that you can apply it to yourself, not how well students can select a sentence
from a reading. Paraphrase rather than use direct quotes. In addition, do not define the concepts
in your essay. I am your target audience and I know what the terms mean. Requirements:
– 600-800 words with word count provided
– Modified APA format handout provided. Some highlights:
– No abstract required.
– Double-spaced
– 1-inch margins all the way around
– 12-pont Times New Roman font.
– In-text citations required
– References page required
– An example paper for format only will be provided.
– Students should use a minimum of 3 readings from the current unit.
1 of the required articles must come from the three articles listed below:
Intersectionality 101 by Gopaldas
Why Race, Class, and Gender Still Matter by Anderson & Collins
Cultural Identity and Intercultural Communication by Collier
The other 2 required articles must come from this list of articles:
My Three Cultures by Yep
Names, narratives, and the evolution of ethnic identity by Tanno
Whats in a name? Shifting meanings, cultural knowledge, and Thai names
by Chen
Native American Culture and Communication Through Humor by Shutiva
Jewish and/or Woman by Perlmutter Bowen
Broadening the View of Black Language Use by Scott
I Am Hearing Impaired by Parrish-Sprowl
Students can include more than the minimum number of articles, including
readings from Unit 1: Foundations of Intercultural Communication. No other
sources should be used/included for this paper.
The charts can be cited see handout for reference, but they would be in addition
to the required 3 articles.