Professional Connections: This assignment is designed to support your continued
Professional Connections: This assignment is designed to support your continued career development through a focus on competencies identified as key to career success by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). In particular, this assignment emphasizes: NACE Competency 8: Equity & Inclusion -Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism. A student competent in Equity and Inclusion can: Apply what they learned about the experiences of the wide variety of people have made up and make up the American community to engage equitably with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Apply what they have learned about the development of ideas about race, class, and gender throughout American history, and how those categories shape one another, to create more equitable workplaces and challenge racist policies and practices. Reflection Prompt: Over the course of the semester, you have studied how idea of race, class, and gender have developed American history and how people have shaped and been shaped by those ideas. This blog post will allow you to reflect on what you learned this semester and consider how it might apply to your working life and your career plans beyond the history classroom. Before writing the post, read the article “The Effect of Intersectionality in the Workplace.” Re-read, in addition, your post from the first week on intersectionality. Then write 200-300 words addressing the following questions, using specific references to assignments and experiences in the class to help your readers understand your ideas: How has studying race, class, and gender in the context of American history, and learning how your classmates interpreted that history, helped you value the experiences of and engage with people from different backgrounds and cultures? How has studying American history caused your ideas about intersectionality to evolve or confirmed your ideas about intersectionality? How do you envision that you might incorporate what you learned this semester about American history and/or intersectionality into your working life—either at the job you have now or the job to which you aspire? How might this knowledge help you create more equitable conditions in a workplace? Make two comments on your classmates' posts; your comments should be 100 words each. Explain what you learned from your classmates’ post, with what you agree or (respectfully) disagree, and ideas the post raises for you.

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