Self-Reflections of a Gay Immigrant Social Worker

  • Jonghyun Lee Bridgewater State University
  • Kate Willow Robinson Bridgewater State University
Keywords: social justice, intersectionality, Council on Social Work Education, gay, immigrant, Asian, heterosexism

Abstract

Social workers strive to end various forms of social injustice that cause the marginalization of people and their suffering.  One way to dismantle social injustice is to engage in a self-reflective process.  As a form of self-discovery, self-reflection guides us to recognize our own experiences of privilege and power as well as inequality and oppression.  In this article, I utilize intersectionality as a method of self-reflection to examine the ways race/ethnicity, sexuality, and immigration status intersect and create a particular form of vulnerability.  Making private experiences public takes courage.  Nevertheless, through self-reflection, I reinforce my moral and ethical commitment to fairness, respect for diversity, and human rights for all!

Author Biographies

Jonghyun Lee, Bridgewater State University

School of Social Work

Assistant Professor

Kate Willow Robinson, Bridgewater State University

School of Social Work

MSW Candidate

Published
2015-11-16