Introduction to interview assignment:     When people have not grown up with or

Introduction to interview assignment:     When people have not grown up with or do not have contact with members of diverse groups, their understanding of these groups is frequently based on social and cultural stereotypes, which are often inaccurate and superficially broad descriptions. One of the most effective ways to counter stereotypes and to deepen understanding of others is to listen to their personal stories, perceptions, and individual experiences. Some of these stories may reinforce cultural generalizations−which are different from stereotypes—but also bring individual voices and personalities to any generalizations, thereby adding important nuances to one’s understanding.
• Choose an interviewee (whether acquaintance, coworker, neighbor, community member) who represents a dimension of diversity that you do not share. For example, if you have never grown up with or have never been exposed to anyone from the military, someone with military experience would represent a dimension of diversity that you do not share.
• Plan the logistics of the interview (date/ time), letting the interviewee know that you require 1–1.5 hours of their time. Due to COVID-19, this is to be conducted in accordance with social distance guidelines i.e. phone/ Facetime/ Zoom/ etc.
• Use the questions below as guidelines for your questions; tweak as you see fit.
• Send questions ahead of time to interviewee so that he/she may prepare for the interview.
• Plan an efficient method of notetaking that will not be interfere with your questioning.
• Obtain permission from the interviewee to share with instructor and potentially other students.
• Write a summary of your interview. To be clear, the summary should be in essay format consisting of a minimum of 5 paragraphs.
• In your summary, indicate the dimension(s) of diversity that differ from your background (and note any similarities that you may discover).
1 Start with:
a Name
b Current status (work, profession, school)
c Years of education
d City/state/country of residence
e Other places he/she has lived and traveled
2 Inquire about ethnicity, nationality, languages spoken, educational background, family businesses (work/trade), and provide approximate age of interviewee.
3 Ask interviewee what he/she knows about his or her background and ancestry (e.g., immigrant, refugees, or descendant of slaves). If not born in the United States, what is his/her generational status?  
4 How long has interviewee lived in his/her current community; likes and dislikes about community.
5 Inquire as to whether interviewee has had contact with police officers. If yes, have the interviewee describe the specific circumstances and details of the contact (traffic ticket, arrest, victim of crime, witness, etc.).
6 Inquire as to whether the contact with a police officer(s) was positive or negative or a mixture of both?
7 If interviewee did have contact with a police officer … 
• Did the police officer appear to know something about interviewee’s culture? In other words, if relevant to the interaction, was there any indication of some cultural/community-specific  knowledge on the part of the officer? If, yes, please explain. 
• Was there anything about the officer’s contact with the interviewee indicating a lack of cultural/community-specific knowledge on the part of the officer. If yes, please explain. 
• Is there anything the interviewee would have liked the officer to know about his/her background? 
• Is there anything the interviewee would have liked the officer to do differently? 
8 Inquire into interviewee’s general opinion of the police profession (favorable, unfavorable, or a combination of both).
9 Ask interviewee whether he or she has first-hand information about discrimination against fellow community members (or self)?  Ask about the circumstances of the discrimination, and what, if anything was done.
10  Ask the interviewee to discuss whether discrimination still occurs today on a large scale against members of his/her community.
11 Ask interviewee to discuss stereotypes and misconceptions of his/her community.
In your summary, discuss what you learned from this interview experience i.e. what, in particular, stands out as valuable learning.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *