Travis Sky Ingersoll, PH.D., MSW, M.ED. - Social Work & Sexual Health Education/Consulting/Research
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December 2019

Racial Preferences in Dating? Part 3

To encourage critical thinking and competitiveness, I hold up a prize (usually candy or gift cards) that they will receive if they can tell me ONE such "preference." I've never had to give away anything since I started teaching my Race Relations class close to 8 years ago, and I let my students know that fact. We then discuss "preferences" as a class. I provide examples of true dating preferences as characteristics that cannot be solely attributed to a particular race. Examples I give are skin color (dark skin can be found among Black Americans, Aboriginal Australians, Cambodians, etc.

Racial Preferences in Dating? Part 2

The Zealot/Defensive Stage of the Majority Identity Development Model is what I choose to focus on during this activity.  Here's how the activity progresses. First, I let students know that we're about to talk about racial preferences in dating. I then ask them to not "out" themselves in any way during the activity and instead to speak ab out people they know who engage in any of the behaviors, give any of the justifications, or think any of the thoughts that they will discuss within their small groups.

Racial Preferences in Dating? Part 1

At the university where I work, I am the lead instructor for a course titled "Race Relations."  I've been teaching the course for over 7 years, and it's one of the most impactful classes I teach (both personally and for many of my students). One of the lesson plans I created on was an introspective activity titled "Racial Preferences in Dating?"  With trial-and-error experiences, this activity, using a PowerPoint presentation as a guide and small discussion groups to process, was found best to be introduced beyond the half-way point in any semester.
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