My once alternating identity was a product of the tendency we all have to conform. Though I was conscious of my ever-changing personality, many who adapt to suggested stereotypes are often unaware of their actions. I consciously tailored my persona in an effort to feel more comfortable in my environment. It was confusing, and I can relate to others who experience such ambivalence. In academic institutions there are a variety of stereotypes that are prevalent, the gender typecasts that I encountered as well as ethnic stereotypes, both of which can negatively affect classroom dynamics.
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...ing ethnic backgrounds, chosen gender roles, and contrasting levels of confidence. Just as Jordan we must bolster self-assurance and create an unprejudiced learning environment where all students feel at ease. We must encourage our peers to value their voice and their own identities to create their individuality as a speaker.
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