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Concept Cards

Concept Cards

Each concept card focuses on a single word or phrase. These match the vocabulary word bank from Activity 1D and are utilized as a part of Activity 2D in the In|Dignity lesson plans. 

Full Set of Concept Cards

Criminal Justice





Me Too



Additional Information About the Concept Cards

The  diversity  in  lived  experience,  as  explored  and  exposed  through  In|Dignity,  is  staggering.  At  the  same  time,  there  are  clear  commonalities  across  these  narratives  that  deserve  our  attention. The curatorial process of developing In|Dignity yielded over one hundred themes that underlined multiple narratives, often in unexpected ways. Some of these themes evolved into the organizational framework for In|Dignity – Petrified, Embodied, Color|Lines, Invisible, Stones May Rot, I Raise Up My Voice, and Empower. Other themes related to academic concepts central to teaching about difference and social justice. It is this latter grouping of themes, which felt awkward as the backbone of the exhibition but were essential to address, that became the inspiration for eight “concept cards.”

The concept cards included here have been adapted from those developed by Annika Anderson (CSUSB Assistant Professor in Sociology) and Kelly Campbell (CSUSB Professor in Psychology). The eight concepts were selected for their centrality to academic literature and current events, their overlap with the creators’ expertise, and their direct connection to elements of participants’ interviews that were not highlighted in their written narrative panels. Both professors teach courses that cover the themes addressed in the concept cards and both recognized the potential for these vivid narratives to enhance critical thinking, promote dialogue, and inspire action for students and a general audience. 

Each concept card helps students to learn the meaning or background of common buzzwords (i.e., immigration, criminal in|justice, and #metoo) or academic concepts (i.e., intersectionality, stereotypes,identity, discrimination, and microaggression), while simultaneously helping users envision connections between seemingly dissimilar participants. It is our hope that the concept cards will help enable users to find experiences that they both relate to and do not relate to, and that this coexistence of similarity and dissimilarity has the power to create a space for meaningful personal introspection and an understanding of the common humanity that binds us all together.

Each card begins with a definition of the theme and relevant explanatory information. A series of thought-provoking questions are then presented that challenge concept card users to think of responses from multiple perspectives, and to understand what might bias their responses. These questions should be answered after viewing the exhibition. Each concept card ends with a “call to action” section that extracts from two participants’ interviews their advice on how to promote equity, justice, fairness, and kindness in relation to the theme at hand.

Permission for the use of some copyright protected images was granted for the concept cards. All original graphic content was created by Kimberly-Anne Anacleto, a graphic designer with the CSUSB San Manuel Student Union. The “concept cards” can be reproduced and modified for educational use with permission from the CSUSB Anthropology Museum, and are particularly useful for enhancing social justice curriculum for secondary and university level students.