I asked the students in my Managing Diversity class at the University of South Florida-St Petersburg to share three "Aha" moments from the semester on our class blog. Here's one student's comment:
"I actually remember this moment. I was giving my opinion about a race issue, I think it might have been the video we watched from Primetime Live on racism. But as I was commenting I heard what I was really saying. And it sounded like my father. I love my dad dearly but I am not always happy with the things that I have learned from him...I feel as if some of his prejudice has rubbed off on me.
I feel like this class has given me the chance to re-evaluate my subconscious thoughts. I said last week that this class has meant alot to me because tolerance is kind of different from intelligence. My "lightbulb" moment came when I realized that my intelligence would not make me do well in this class but that I would have to start rethinking how I felt about other people. That day I went to lunch with a friend and I remember how I could not stop talking about our class, I just got "it".
These moments are why I have loved teaching for the past 26 years...