I strongly encourage you to think about this activity from start of semester, identify something you want to attend and make your post relatively soon after attending the meeting, rather than based on the due date. You can continue to revise your post up until the due date, but I want to encourage you to get your initial thoughts on paper somewhere so that you don't forget what it was like.
Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to encourage you to participate in a group outside your comfort zone. Sociologists have shown that increased interaction between different groups, particularly when working towards a common goal, increases cooperation and decreases conflict and animosity. This is an opportunity for you to learn more and interact directly with a group that is different than you. I also hope that it will give you a new sense of appreciation for a culture that may be different than your own.
Activity: Attend in person a meeting or event that is sponsored by and directly addresses issues of diversity (race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, family structure, or a religion other than your own) on the MTU campus or in the broader community. This might be a program or event sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (http://www.diversitycenter.mtu.edu/ or see their schedule of events here: https://email@example.com&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=50_ZvRmyClpq7fCcCpMc2g), related to the MTU Safe Place program (http://www.safeplace.mtu.edu/), a student organization (see a list here: http://www.involvement.mtu.edu/) that specifically addresses issues related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, family structure, or a religion other than your own; or a similar organization off-campus. Additional links that may help you find meetings to attend are below. Remember, this doesn't have to be a big event, it can just be a small meeting and even an informal one.
There are several events posted that you could choose from here: https://firstname.lastname@example.org&ctz=America/New_York&gsessionid=50_ZvRmyClpq7fCcCpMc2g
There are several organizations that you could contact to find out when they might be having a meeting or event. Check the organizations/programs in the blue box here: http://www.diversitycenter.mtu.edu/orgs.php or http://www.safeplace.mtu.edu/, http://www.diversitycenter.mtu.edu/programs-affiliations.php, http://www.keweenawpride.org/, http://blogs.mtu.edu/student-activities/2012/10/new-announcements-section/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-Tech-Center-for-Diversity-and-Inclusion/120626894648226, http://swe.students.mtu.edu/
Alternatively, you could choose to attend a religious ceremony for a religion that you are not a part of. There are several churches, etc. in the area that you could go to.
Writing: Blog about your experience, considering the following questions. Think about your own feelings and experiences, but reflect on them sociologically and bring in material we've learned from readings and in class. (1) How did you feel entering this group/meeting? Why? (think deeply and critically about WHY and all of the sociological baggage you bring to this situation); (2) How did people look at you, talk to you, physically act toward you? Were they comfortable around you? How do you know?; (3) How does this group's culture differ from your own? Why does that matter?; (4) Why does this group/meeting/event exist? Is it reacting to any particular cultural or structural issues?; (5) What did you learn about yourself and about the broader community by attending this meeting?
The entry should be 500-1,000 words.