Dr. Berry thank you for offering this class!
I've watched your course twice now. My narrow idea of diversity and belonging always had me thinking I was doing the right thing by reaching out to others.
Before I retired, diversity was mostly the number on a demographic report and whether we had "enough"
African Americans or Asians in our classrooms.
Constantly reaching out to pull others into my life so that I wouldn't feel guilty about them being on the outside. I realize I was sort of mentally patting myself on the shoulder because I had helped them. Now I see that I was really never digging deeply for the more valuable connections. Connections that will reflect back to me and help me to see "me" more clearly. Though I still reach out to others to include them, the course has helped me to go so much further. You have challenged me to look inside the mirror. To look inside. I've always loved learning. This course has set me up for critical thinking about myself and how that ties me to others. I'm yearning now not to only see others, but get to know others, starting in my own family. Hopefully on a much more connected than I ever knew. Thanks again.