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Terms and Definitions


RACE = A socially constructed category based on perceived appearance. How one physically appears to other people.

ETHNICITY = One’s ancestral background.

NATIONALITY = One’s citizenship or national affinity, what country you were born in or moved to, and then changed citizenship.

CULTURE = Refers to ways of seeing and ways of being. It consists of values, beliefs, social habits, systems of language, cuisine, music, and practices people share in common and that can be used to define them as a collective.

Culture is based on who you are which includes race, ethnicity, religion, or place of birth, and what you have experienced.