The IDU was a perfect experience for students to learn about a specific inclusion issue within the ISB community and to collaborate with one another. Collaboration is essential so we can see other’s perspectives towards the same problem. We can see someone else’s take on the world when collaborating. In the two and half weeks that we devoted to the IDU project, I worked with my group to create a solution for students of lower socioeconomic status. We worked collaboratively to approach and create a develop our solution to its best in the timeframe given. As a group member, I contributed as a leader in my group. I put my ideas on the table and organized our team to work more efficiently, but I need more work on being more aware of self and others.
At the beginning of the project, we spent a long time trying to identify an inclusion issue and target population. I gave as many ideas as possible, such as body size, gender, and the LGBTQ+ community, so that we have options open if one doesn’t work out. As a group member, I think that it is valuable to know that your ideas are taken into account and are valuable to the group. Secondly, I posed as a leader in my group. Because both Sarah and I are organizers, we took on different roles. I noted and created timelines and assigned each member the work that needed to be done that day, while Sarah outlined each specific task that needed to be done. Our leadership in the group made our group more organized and everyone knew what they had to complete by the end of that day.
One major weakness I have in terms of collaboration is that I’m more aware of myself than others. There are times where I can seem like a “dictator” in group work, so with Sarah posing as another leader, it made me more aware of my weakness and what I need to work on. I assign people tasks so that our group work can be done efficiently, but I did not take into consideration if they are happy with the job given to them. Although this time, my teammates took on each assignment willingly, I do not know that if others in a different group project would feel the same way.
Overall, I believe that I worked pretty well with my group during the IDU project. Although we disagree with each other sometimes, we made compromises and considered other ideas and made the final decisions as a group with civil arguments. The easiest collaboration norm for my group to implement was presuming positive intentions. We all saw each other’s idea as something proposed to make our project better, so we didn’t have big conflicts. However, when big conflicts do occur in a group, the best way to resolve it is to put yourself in the other person’s shoe and talk it out peacefully. In conclusion, IDU was an exceptional experience to learn about myself and further develop collaboration skills. In Ms Wong’s words, “The IDU isn’t for you to sit around and do nothing. It is for you to learn to become a better person.”