SOC/262 Student Autobiography Worksheet

Fill out the Student Autobiography Worksheet form about your family’s background (all that you know or can find out).

Combine the answers from the worksheet into a 350- to 700-word statement defining your complex identity.

Submit your worksheet to the Assignment Files tab.

Answer the following questions about your family’s background (all that you know or can find out).

•       When did your family(ies) come to the U.S.?

•     Where did your family(ies) come from? 

•     Do you trace your family heritage to more than one country outside the U.S.? Which countries? 

•     What language(s) did your relatives speak?

•     Do you or any of your relatives speak a non-English language? Which language(s)?

•     Were you or any of your family adopted? How has this impacted your ability to know your family’s history?

•     To which race(s) or ethnic group(s) do your ancestors belong?

•     How do you define your racial/ethnic identity?

•     Are you a first-generation American?

If you have any Native American heritage please answer the three questions below:

•     Do you have some Native American heritage (or Amerindian heritage from other countries in the Americas)?  From which tribe(s) is this heritage?  Be as specific as possible.

•     Are you a formal member of the tribe(s)?

•     Do you consider your identity Native American? If so, to which tribe(s) do you belong?

Combine these answers into a statement (350 to 700 words) defining your complex identity.