i’ve been assigned to run a group about cultural wellness. at first i thought it was going to be culture-specific to african american women, but as it turns out we have a mixed group.
in school, there was a multi-cultural counseling class that i found to be a pretty annoying lesson in reinforcing racial stereotypes. as with any stereotypes, parts can be true. but that’s not how i want to think about cultural identity.
i’m very much into the study of mixed race identity development. i think identity is fascinating. but with this group, i have the opportunity to really branch out and look at what makes up cultural identity in general. for the women in my group, i want to help them explore their own cultural identity and how it is related to their overall wellness. i’m kind of stuck on where to get started and how to pull it all together.
so i’m curious – what is your opinion on how to explore your own culture? what is culture? and what does it mean in your life?
i really want to hear from as many people as possible! thanks in advance.