Sociology 290: Cultural Diversity & Intergroup Relationships
Preface to Sociology 290
The Sociology 290: Cultural Diversity and Intergroup Relations course asked students to produce a one-to-two page fact sheet with ten facts of research for the topic concerning any social issue occurring in society ‘today. I chose to talk about Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) rights in the context of the prison industrial complex. My reason behind this choice was mainly to extend the purpose and intent of the Cultural Diversity course, seeing as the course is designed to take people out of their own experiences and surroundings, and educate people to social groups outside of their own. Many of the topics concerning TGNC folks were not covered in class, so rather than dismiss an entire group of people whose concerns should have been discussed in class, I felt the need to do my research from sources outside the classroom. The course objective for the fact sheet is to deliver a complex and loaded source of information, but through a condensed format with brief, critical language. The assignment is incredibly crucial for conversations involving marginalized groups. Students, professors, and even an external audience with access to these fact sheets, can receive insight through the well-researched fact sheets. Although I most appreciate the assignment for its social and political structure, the assignment can be replicated for any professional setting, where an employer is asking for a condensed version of a complex and loaded subject.