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Going Inward

The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching

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Edited By Susan Diana Longerbeam and Alicia Fedelina Chávez

Going Inward is a pragmatic text for faculty in all disciplines who desire to deepen their reflection on teaching. Through the culturally introspective writings of faculty in a variety of academic disciplines, readers will gain a deeper understanding of faculty cultural influences on college teaching and student learning. This book introduces readers to cultural self-reflection as a powerful tool for insight into how our values and beliefs from our cultural and familial upbringing influence our teaching practice. Cultural self-reflection is a process for generating insights and empathy toward serving students from backgrounds and cultures both similar to and different from one’s own. The integrated design of the book’s three parts – cultural introspection, faculty culture and teaching autobiographies, and developing a culturally introspective practice – makes this book helpful to teaching faculty and academic administrators.
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Chapter Four: A Discovery Process: Identifying My Multicultural Roots

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CHAPTER FOUR

A Discovery Process

Identifying My Multicultural Roots

JUDITH A. MONTOYA

Geography, Planning & Recreation Northern Arizona University



CULTURAL IDENTITY THROUGH THE LENS OF FAMILY AND CHILDHOOD

When I began thinking about my cultural identity, I quickly realized that I have had some notion of my cultural identity since I was very young. I was raised in what I now know to be called a very rich “multicultural” environment. Growing up in Tularosa, New Mexico, in a multigenerational family home of authentic adobe whose original room was built by my great-great-grandparents provided me with a solid foundation of love, family, and community. My cultural identity is molded by this place that is my home. The progression of how my cultural identity has evolved to the present encompasses a rich mix of culture, family traditions, experiences, and place, which I will try to convey in the following narratives.

MY HOME AND FAMILY

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