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visibility of identity

YJ, I want to apologize to you, first of all. On the day when the class was discussing alums, to encourage not-othering the alums I tried to helpfully point out that "everyone in this class" is a future Bryn Mawr alum. I didn't think about whether anyone is the class was a future Haverford alum, or something else. I'm sorry if you might have felt excluded by my statement.

And to tie my mistake back into the discussion now, it highlights for me how significant the visibility of identity is. One of the themes that is present in our discussions of race, gender, and disability, is whether we "pass" or not. If we identify as mixed race, do others see that? If we identify as genderqueer, do we nevertheless "pass" as a woman? Is our disability visible or not?

Ann '83

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