Woodbridge Culture – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Woodbridge Culture

Cultural cues can take many forms. From clothing to simple eye contact, culture varies among different populations. I have seen several cultural cues at my community site. First, from walking around the neighborhood as well as from surveying and census data the culture in Woodbridge is predominantly African American, however the influx of white people into this neighborhood has been increasing in past years. In addition to racial culture, I have noticed the social culture of Woodbridge. People who live past Rosa Parks Blvd are somewhat cut off from the rest of Woodbridge. It makes it hard to spread news to them and for them to be involved with the community. However, the Trumbull side of Rosa Parks is very interconnected. Just from driving around with my boss we talk to almost everyone that walks by. In my workplace, the culture is very collaborative. We sit with another woman who works at a different company every day, and she’s very keen on current events and often brings them up at our table. I like being able to discuss and work with people from different backgrounds. In terms of age, I feel like the culture of Woodbridge is split as well. There are a lot of people who have lived there for a long time and want to preserve the neighborhood. On the other hand, there are a lot of young people that are moving in as well such as college students. I think mainly these two groups get along well but there can be roadblocks sometimes, such as the community meeting I attended. Moreover, I think different cultures are extremely important for a well rounded point of view and I am curious to find out more about the culture of not only my community placement but Woodbridge overall.

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