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Reflection & Dialogue – Critical Incident Analysis
This assignment is designed to assess student awareness of attitudes and beliefs and to evaluate the
diversity of worldviews within the classroom. Please take your time to be thoughtful and thorough with
the following Critical Incident Analysis.
Reflect on an experience you have had in your life that has involved a cross-cultural experience (positive
or negative) associated with one of the dimensions of diversity. Identify an incident that had
significance for you. The event may have made you stop and think or it raised questions for you about
your beliefs, attitudes, values or behavior.
Write a paper or develop a creative project (follow course writing guidelines) including the following
• Describe the situation you experienced.
• Describe in detail the events as they occurred. (include the events in sequence indicating what,
when, where, how and why the events occurred)
• List the cultural status of the person(s) involved in the situation giving their relationship to one
• Specify how you reacted or handled the situation. Explain what experiences or knowledge
influenced your reaction.
• Explain the type of cross-cultural issues that arose from the situation.
• Describe why the situation was handled well or how it could have been handled better.
• Identify additional information needed to gain a broader perspective from the situation. Locate
at least two sources of information and summarize knowledge gained. Examples: journal
articles, training resources, books, organizations promoting awareness, etc.
• Share your critical incident analysis with classmates on the date designated
• Listen actively to the stories shared
• Write a brief paragraph about each student presentation in your group. Include
o Name of student
o Brief summary of incident (what dimensions of diversity were involved?)
o Share details of the contributions to the conversation. Did classmates share your views?
Were additional perspectives discussed? What was learned in dialogue?
Resources to support the development of this assignment: Students are expected to illustrate evidence
of understanding course material, by citing course material and additional resources.
1. This assignment is designed from methodology used in the following study:
Assessing Cross-Cultural Sensitivity Awareness: A Basis for Curriculum Change
Wasson, Diane H; Jackson, Mary H. Journal of Instructional Psychology29.4 (Dec 1, 2002): 265.
2. Austin & Lee: Diverse Populations & Introduction to Diversity & Inclusive Recreation
3. Students are expected to locate additional literature and resources, cite sources within the body of
the paper/project and develop a list of references using APA style.
Reflection & Dialogue – Critical Incident Analysis
1. Illustrate cross-cultural skills to effectively communicate and respond to the needs and interests
of diverse populations.
2. Analyze barriers and facilitators to inclusive design and practices when operating community
Dimensions of Diversity: Scenario discussed may involve multiple dimensions.
Social Economic Status
Critical analysis Incident
I would like to describe a negative cross-cultural experience, which had a very deep impact on
my heart and mind. It made me think of the existence of cultural discrimination in the American
society. It happened at the JFK Airport when I returned after my summer holidays. It was just a
normal day as any other day, but I could feel something wrong in the way the airport officials
looked at me. I felt I was being closely observed. My passport and visa were scrutinized again
and again and my address was confirmed and re-confirmed. Then my luggage was thoroughly
searched by at least five airport officials. I was asked to step aside and wait for further
questioning by the senior officer. I could not understand what was going on and I was getting
annoyed because my next journey was pre-planned and I had to catch the next flight. I was
detained at the airport for five long hours and then I was sent away with a sorry and a short
explanation of identity mistake. I was very angry and felt like suing the white officials who had
kept me waiting for five long hours.
I am from Middle East and the officials who had questioned and checked me were White
Americans. The way they looked at me and questioned me showed as if they were sure that I am
the guilty party and I have done some crime. They were not ready to offer any explanations till
they completed their questioning and scrutiny. Even after five hours of detaining me their sorry
did not appear like a sorry, but it appeared as if they are doing some kind of favor for me by
leaving me. I could not understand their behavior completely and later when I reached home and
saw the newspapers I came to know that the airport officials were suspecting the entry of some
terrorists from Middle East and therefore every Middle Easterner was being thoroughly checked
and questioned. After reading the newspapers, I could understand the behavior of the officials
and felt that in similar situation even the officials in my country would have behaved in a similar