One of the biggest questions we ever face is one we ask ourselves: “Who am I?” Our answer to this is what makes up our identity. How we choose to label ourselves is a story we tell to ourselves and each other about our priorities, values, and self-worth. However, many common ways we define our identity—whether by relationships, accomplishments, or worldview—can change suddenly, which can lead to an identity crisis: an intense emotional period of feeling lost, unsure, and ungrounded. We also face constant tension between how we choose to define ourselves and how the labels of others define us. The process of confronting assumptions about our identity within ourselves is often called self-discovery. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Obama’s People and the African Americans: The Language of Othering

To the list of identities Black people in America have assumed or been asked to, we can now add, thanks to this presidential election season, “Obama’s people” and “the African Americans.”

How Latin America’s Obsession With Whiteness Is Hurting Us

Close to 11% of American adults with Hispanic ancestors don’t even identify as Hispanic or Latino.

The Intersectionality Wars

When Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term 30 years ago, it was a relatively obscure legal concept. Then it went viral.

My Adoptive Parents Hid My Racial Identity from Me for 19 Years

My parents successfully passed me off as a dark-skinned Italian for 19 years of my life.

The Struggle is Real: The Unrelenting Weight of Being a Black, Female Athlete

The athletes, former athletes and coaches had gathered at Temple University to tell war stories. But the conversation wasn’t about diving catches or buzzer beaters, heated rivalries or fearsome opponents.