Working Well: Workplace Wellness Initiative
MODULE 2: IDENTITY
SESSION 3: INTERSECTIONALITY
As human beings, we are made up of many identities. We are three-dimensional beings, with many different skills. interests, hobbies, habits and visible and invisible identities.
In this session, you will explore:
- the shared humanity that makes us all like glass
- the benefits of "going organic"
- overview of intersecting identities
- white privilege
1) WE ARE LIKE GLASS
Sometimes people in our lives can be quarrelsome, annoying, dishonest or some other trait and it can lead us to become frustrated. At times like this, it may be helpful to remember the humanity that binds us all. People are doing their respective best with the tools they have available.
Read this poem, as a silent reflection for yourself.
"We Are Like Glass"*
Glass is a reminder of the strength and fragility
that exists in every on of us.
Like glass, we are beautiful and luminous.
Like glass, we are fragile and shatter without care.
Like glass, we are also strong and powerful.
Like glass, we are reflections of our past.
Like the sands of glass, we can come together,
help each other, and accomplish amazing things.
Take care of the beauty and strength within yourself
and within everyone around you.
*This poem is widely credited to the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia.