How have your ideas, beliefs, and assumptions been shaped by your identities and experiences? How are different identities shaped by power and privilege? How does identity and power play out in the workplace? You are comprised of many different identities –some that are deeply personal and others that are public and connect you to many other people whether you realize it or not. There are two main types of identities: Personal identities are specific to you: your name, your personality, your history, your preferences and pet peeves, etc. Social identities are points of connection, many times rooted in difference, that connect you to other people/groups. These are things like your race, gender, social class, religious affiliation, veteran status, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, age, nationality, political affiliation, etc. One of the things we’ll be doing in March in our Diversity is an Asset course is helping you understand how identity and power dynamics show up in the workplace. Ask yourself the following:
- What are the social identities I think about most often?
- What are the social identities I think about most at work?
- How does it shape how I interact with those who share this identity? Those who don’t?