Privilege & Identity Abroad Writing Contest

Brought to you by Entropy Magazine & InterAction Initiative Inc.

 

Prompt

Describe a time when one of your privileges surfaced during your abroad experiences. In what moments did you hold power in these spaces? How and why did you realize your privilege in this instance and what did you do about it? How were you aware of your national identity, gender, race, etc. in contrast to where you were?

 

Definition of Privilege

Our short definition of privilege is unearned benefits, immunities, and advantages given to a social group based on their social identity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, ability, citizenship etc.

 

Our long-form definition

A group of unearned cultural, legal, social, and institutional rights extended to a group based on their social group membership. Individuals with privilege are considered to be the normative group, leaving those without access to this privilege invisible, unnatural, deviant, or just plain wrong. Most of the time, these privileges are automatic and most individuals in the privileged group are unaware of them. Some people who can “pass” as members of the privileged group might have access to some levels of privilege (J. Beal 2009).

Some examples of privilege-checking we are interested in are white privilege, American privilege, class/socioeconomic privilege, male privilege, light-skin privilege, Christian privilege, able-bodied privilege, etc.



Longer Prompt

How did the spaces you occupied influence your conceptions of power dynamics and privilege? How did the history of imperialism and/or colonialization impact how you navigated the space?

In what ways did your identity embody power or authority over space and/or over others whether voluntarily or involuntarily?

What power dynamics did you observe when first arriving at your abroad destination?

Describe a time when you were vulnerable while abroad.

In what ways did you find your study abroad program problematic or useful in highlighting marginalizations and privileges?

Describe a moment where your prejudices, assumptions, beliefs or ideologies were questioned in your study abroad experience.

 

Narrative Length

The narrative should be 300 to 600 words.


Narrative Type

We are looking for nonfiction narratives that transport readers into the experience. We want raw stories that express and share a specific experience that the writer lived through. We are NOT looking for academic essays. We are also NOT looking for abstract writing of an experience. We are open to different expressions of writing about your experience that addresses the prompt.


The Experience

Given the changing geopolitics of the world and its effect on the international travel experience, we are looking for narratives that take place after the year of 2010. It may or may not have been a part of a study abroad experience.



Submission Guidelines

·    Submissions are open to current students, past students, and young people with real lived abroad experiences from after 2010 to the present day.  

·    We welcome stories which are representative of complex, intersectional and marginalized narratives.

·    We welcome stories which are critical of how power and privilege may operate in contexts at broad and at home.

·    We will not consider misogynistic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise prejudiced or discriminatory work.

·    There are no font requirements, we are giving you the space to express yourself however you wish but double-spaced, size 12 is preferred.

·    At this time we are looking for stories written in English but intersections with other languages are welcome.


Prizes

1st - $250

Runner Up

Honorable mention


Publishing

The 1st place winner (and the Runner Up) will be published through Entropy.

 

How these stories will be used:

By entering the contest, you will be donating your story to be used as an educational resource with InterAction Initiative Inc. By donating your work, you are giving us permission to edit it, if necessary, for length, anonymity, and clarity, as well as to reproduce it for the purpose of curriculum development, fundraising, marketing, etc. Reproductions may be but are not limited to, the stage, DVD, website, or print publication. In all such reproductions, the work will be noted as authored. By donating your work, you represent and warrant that you are the sole author of this work and own the rights thereto. Such donation does not prohibit you from re-publishing your work under your own name elsewhere at a later date, but be aware that a publisher may consider that publication a re-print.


Ends on January 31, 2018
We are launching Holy Cross Stage for Change!


Remember, your story matters. Help us to build a Stage for Change. 

We talk about HCC being "Family." Describe a time when HC didn't feel like home for you. 

What is it like to be a minority on campus? Tell us about a time when you were the "other," because of your religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. 

Tell us about your dining hall experience. Do you feel like you can sit anywhere with anyone?

What do you wish you could share with your Holy Cross community? Tell us what you are carrying (inside).

What do you carry? Are you okay? Are there experiences you can't share with anyone?

Do you feel safe/comfortable being/coming out on HCC? Tell us more. 

How does the undocumented status affect you or your family? Tell us your story. 

Tell us about a time when you did not have enough. How does financial security affect your life as a student?

Tell us about how your campus identity is affected by the tri-campus dynamic.

Do you feel inferior to our brothers and sisters across the street? And why?

Tell us about a time you felt truly celebrated or included for your whole self. 

Who are you? Describe how your Asian Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Muslim, Native identity affect your HCC experience. 

Has anyone doubted or underestimated you due to your gender?

What is it like to juggle school and family responsibilities as a HCC student?  


All members of the Holy Cross community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) are encouraged to submit. We hope that your story will help spark an honest dialogue on campus about diversity and inclusion.

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In order submit your story please create an account below. No record of your name will be kept by Stage for Change. All stories will remain anonymous.**
Ends in 20 hours, 22 minutes
SHATTERED. 

We are launching our second year of IUSB Stage for Change! We want to complicate the landscape. Last year, we had IUSB Stage for Change: Hear Me Out and received moving stories on identity and difference. 

This year, we want to ask the following:

What does society reflect onto you? What do you reflect onto society? Tell us a story about your relationship to the society's stereotypes and/or expectations. 

Describe to us how your race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic class, religion, ability, etc. affect the way you are and/or the way society engages you. 

Do you want to break society's stigmas against you? Such as mental illness, physical appearance (hair, tattoos, weight, piercings). How are you doing it? 

Tell about a time when your identities conflicted (Civilian/military, bi/multiracial, dependence/adulthood, independence/disability).

Describe a time when you acted in a way that you were ashamed of.

Describe a time of self-doubt.

Talk about a time that challenged your identity.

The people closest to us sometimes hurt us; describe a time when someone closest to you hurt you.

Describe a time when your vision for your future was opposed by those close to you.

In what ways do you feel pressured to conform? Why? Whether it be from family, society, partner, work.

Tell us about a time when you were not enough to belong to your people? (Mexican-American, African-American, Asian-American).

Do you ever feel guilty for pursuing higher education/moving up? Why or why not?

 

Remember, your story matters.

All member of the IUSB community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) are encouraged to submit. We hope that your story will help spark an honest dialogue on campus about diversity and inclusion. Your story does not have to relate directly to these questions, however, they do serve as a guide for writers. Help us to build a Stage for Change.

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In order submit your story please create an account below. No record of your name will be kept by Stage for Change. All stories will remain anonymous.**

**By donating your anonymous work, you are giving us permission to edit it, if necessary, for length, anonymity, and clarity, as well as to reproduce it for the purpose of fund-raising, marketing, curriculum development, etc. Reproductions may be, but are not limited to, the stage, DVD, website, or print publication. In all such reproductions, the work will be noted as anonymously authored. By donating your work, you represent and warrant that you are the sole author of this work and own the rights thereto. Such donation does not prohibit you from re-publishing your work under your own name elsewhere at a later date, but be aware that a publisher may consider that publication a re-print.