Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Identity: What Is Phi Kappa Phi to You?

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Identity: What Is Phi Kappa Phi to You?

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Identity is one of those terms often taken for granted. Some say, "I know who I am, so I don't have to dwell on it." But let's do dwell on it for a bit. Identity is something we each have individually, but it's also something organizations have. Identities change; history makes that clear.

It's not always an easy task to define one's identity. Much easier is defining who we are not. I often used a simple exercise in my college classrooms to introduce the topic or identity. I handed out a Mr. Coffee filter and gave a simple prompt: Divide the circle like a pie and write down the various aspects of yourself that help define who you are. The obvious demographics came first: age, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, field of study, line of work. Then I asked students to think about how each of those elements becomes a filter through which one views events and developments. Together they contribute to the unique YOU. Those individual identities matter.

How would you describe Phi Kappa Phi's identit)'? Our mission helps do that, as do our legal documents such as bylaws. We are a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to recognizing and promoting excellence in higher education. We've done that very pointedly in the past four years with the creation of the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award. We decided for the first time to recognize excellence in institutions of higher learning, not only in individuals.

We think the innovation award is an innovation in itself. …

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