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While attending the 2019 UNLV Educational Equity Institute, a group of us developed the Identity Prism activity to increase students’ sense of belonging and inclusion on campus. On the first day of Fall 2019 classes, all SCI 101 first-year students completed the activity. Students wrote about and/or drew six aspects of themselves that influence their college major, academic goal, strength, life outside of UNLV, identity, and anxiety or fear about college in a visual prism, shared one aspect of their identity with a peer, and then found one common aspect with their peer. As students completed their prism, I drew my own prism on the board and shared the aspects of my identity, which led to a whole-class discussion. The combined class response data was shared with students in the next class session. On the last day of class, students will revisit this activity to monitor their progress.
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UNLV Office of Faculty Affairs
Identity Prism; Emotional intelligence
Sloat, Alison, "Inclusive Teaching Practice: Identity Prism" (2020). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 112.