Cultural Diversity in Service
This unit focuses on different traditions of giving through world cultures (and religious traditions), looking for similarities that connect us. In addition, learners recognize that diversity makes our community stronger. Students develop personal mission statements and create visual/audio presentations of "Why I Serve."
In this lesson, students identify personal qualities that are a result of their culture, experience, and genetics that make them similar to and different from others. Through active participation and response to an audio recording, they learn that rethinking first impressions about people can lead to connecting with others and valuing the diversity of different cultures. Students start to explore their personal role in connecting with people globally by valuing diversity.
Students read and share information about service and volunteering in different cultures. They compare and contrast the work and mission of four famous philanthropists: Cesar Chavez, George Washington Carver, Sunderlal Buhuguna, and Abdul Sattar Edhi. They identify the motivations, impact, and attitudes about service, and start to clarify their personal attitudes about service through writing a personal mission statement.
Using the radio broadcast "This I Believe" as a model, students create visual or audio statements of their beliefs about volunteering and serving. Each presentation communicates the culture, experiences, and motivations that influence the learner's attitude about service. After presenting their statements to the class, the learners discuss how to use the presentations as a form of advocacy to promote civic engagement in the community. This lesson incorporates reflection and a demonstration to a wider audience.