In this course, you have explored and discussed the meaning of social justice. For this assignment, you will interview a family member in regard to their experiences of social justice within their lifetime using the interviewee questions below. A written paper (3 pages), a video recording, a power-point presentation, or other media may be employed to fulfill this assignment requirement. Creativity is welcome.
Select a member of your family and discuss their experiences of social justice within their childhood, youth, and adulthood. Schedule a time to “meet” with the person virtually or in person.
Even if you have heard some of the stories, try to remain open to how your family member tells them today.
Remember that narratives, for these purposes, are not necessarily about “truth” but about:
the way in which the story came to be,
how it has been internalized, and
how it is retold over time.
You may deliver your family interview in a variety of ways, such as a written paper (at least three pages), an audio or video recording, a PowerPoint presentation, or through other media of your choice.
Conducting a Cultural Narrative: An Alternative Script
“Family” can be a broad term. It can mean our family of origin, our birth family, or the family into which we were legally adopted. It can also mean a foster family, a family who took us in by informal arrangement, or a re-created family we came to love and trust. Families come in all shapes, sizes, skin-tones, voices, and narratives. For some of us, families are cherished and honored. In others, families are harsh and divisive. For this assignment, choose someone with whom you are comfortable and whose story is of interest. If you need to expand your definition of family, do so. This assignment is about learning to gain insight through narrative; it is not about exploitation or confrontation.
Begin the interview by thanking your subject. Explain that the interview is for a class project. Share the name of the course and a little bit about the course content. Be sure and share with your family member that you will be sharing your interview with your instructor and classmates.
Suggested Questions for Your Interviewee
How would you like to be named in this interview?
Where would you like to start with your social justice story?
Please describe the setting and timing of your story
How would you describe the community? (urban, rural, etc.)
Who was the most influential person in your life when it came to learning about social justice – or injustice?
Do you recall incidents of discrimination or exclusion?
Can you tell me about one of those incidents that stands out to you?
What was the outcome?
What, if any, was the long-term impact of that incident on you?
What was the lesson you learned from that incident?
What would you like my classmates and I to know about social justice?
Is there anything else you would like to share with me today?
Be sure and thank your family member for their assistance with your assignment and ask if there is anything they would like you to leave out of the final project that you share. Privacy and confidentiality is important when people share their personal narratives. While these are not clients and the same ethics do not apply, human ethics and etiquette requires sensitivity to and respect for those who share and disclose their stories of social justice with us.