Introduction to GBA+

Individual assumptions affect public policy

Here is a short exercise to help you reflect on some of your own intersecting factors and assumptions. Take 2-3 minutes to fill out the table below.

IN MY ENVIRONMENT GENDER RACE ETHNICITY SEXUAL ORIENTRATION ABILITY RELIGION VETERAN STATUS FIRST LANGUAGE LEVEL OF EDUCATION
I am
My co-workers are
My supervisor is
My elementary school was predominantly
My teachers were mostly
Most of my close friends are
My dentist is
My doctor is
Other people who live in my home are
People who regularly visit my home are
My neighbours are

Consider: How might the intersecting aspects of my own identity and experience of diversity influence my assumptions?

How might the intersecting aspects of my own identity and experience of diversity influence my assumptions?

  • When I look at this exercise, I realize that I’m almost always surrounded by people like me. I may forget about different types of experiences as a result.
  • I notice that I’m accustomed to being a minority in some way or another. I may assume that everyone knows what this is like.
  • There are certain types of diversity in my department, but not others. We may therefore consider some aspects of diversity, but make assumptions or be blind to others.