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Democracy and Debate

Navigating Turbulent Times: The Power of Empathy in Understanding Difference

Ishaan names that learning about diverse religious and cultural practices has helped him empathize and fight against stereotypes. Describe an example of how learning about another’s worldview, faith practices or culture has influenced you.

The othering behaviors Ishaan describes can be defined as the process whereby an individual or groups of people attribute negative characteristics to other individuals or groups of people that set them apart as representing that which is opposite to them. Challenge yourself to reflect on and identify a group/individual or affiliation that you are likely to other or stereotype. What is one action you can take to learn more about that group/individual’s belief/s?

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