● The first part of your DBQ should be a short introductory paragraph about yourself.
○ Hello, my name is Olivia Pandola. Currently, I am a junior enrolled at CMU
studying Elementary Education. My focus is in Special Education, and I am
minoring in English as a Second Language!
● Using the diversity wheel, share as much additional information about yourself as you
feel comfortable about sharing.
○ Regarding the center of the wheel-- right now, I am twenty years old and identify
as a white female. As for education, I have obtained my high school diploma
thus far, but plan to obtain my B.S., Masters, and doctorate someday in order to
go into teaching post-secondary students at the collegiate level. Physically, I
am 5’3” and one fourth, have “dirty blonde” hair, and hazel eyes.
● Select one of the categories in the inner circle and imagine for a moment that your
membership in that particular group changed; select a category (inner circle) and write
down as many ways you can think of that your life might be different IF that one
characteristic was different.
○ For my category from the inner circle, I am going to choose age. Not only would
all of my peers view me as much older or younger (because I would be if that
changed), but I would have nothing in common with them anymore. Also, I
would be at the same age as either my students or my parents, which are both
two very different groups I cannot imagine myself fitting into as an equal.
Moreover, I would be at an extremely different point in my career path. From
here, I would either not have even decided to go into education yet, or I would
already be done obtaining my degrees (most likely-- depending on how old I am
in this scenario).
● Comment 1: “Somewhat Unknown Ethnicity” - Michael
○ Hi Michael! I’d like to respond to your comment where you mentioned your
ethnicity is somewhat unknown. I feel as though this happens much more
frequently than we think; there are constantly so many cultures blending
together, which has been going on since the beginning of time, so don’t feel bad
about not knowing the whole, complicated story. I relate to this myself and plan
to obtain a testing kit someday just so I can finally learn about my roots.
● Comment 2: “Who I am as person would be totally different too as I would have
different characteristics” -Jade
○ Hi Jade! I’d like to respond to your comment on how if you changed genders,
your personality would completely switch. While I do agree with what you’re
saying in some aspect, I also think that gender only plays such a part in who we
are as an entire person. For example, your morals and beliefs-- despite what
you identify as-- are going to remain the same no matter male, female, or
otherwise, simply because that is what is in your heart and what you value!