Shawn Smyser entry reflected an ideal environment in which McMillan & Chavis four elements could breed a high sense of community. However, Shawn's sense of community would not last because it depended mainly on the treasurer of the HOA, who organized gatherings, where people within those communities could interact and foster a high sense of community. Shawn felt as though she could "trust the board members to have our best interests at heart", because the gatherings provided a place where information about community on goings could be shared. When the treasurer left, community members failed to continue this "shared emotional connection" and Shawn developed a low sense of community. I can agree with Shawn's perception of the community because communities should develop a sense of belonging and trust that the influences direct toward the desire of the community. However, Shawn states that she was involved "within the small group of community", then I began to question whether everyone in the community was given invitations to these gatherings, if only that same group of people were invited to these gatherings, then I cannot agree with Shawn's perception of the sense of community, rather I would call it a small group of friends. To take it a little further, if that small group of friends included decision makers and all community members did not attend the gatherings, the sense of community is missing vital elements that McMillan & Chavis developed, "membership, and fulfillment of their needs". I would love to have shared emotional connection that Shawn had with her community, however I do think that the first situation Shawn described that was related to McMillan & Chavis four elements is part of the dominate culture here in the US. Although, my family has partially assimilated with the dominate culture of the US, there is still "internal reactions to communicative behavior" (How), our family relies on each other to establish a shared emotional connection. Unless certain situations force us to evolve into dominate cultural contexts, our culture may be seen as individualists. For example, if I was under 18 years of age, still lived with my parents, and wanted to create a shared emotional connection with people other than my family, my parents would question my loyalty to the family. I cannot speak for other members of my culture, I agree with that is it a myth that a 'single member of the minority community can represent the community as a whole'(Myth), however my expanded family felt similarly to my nuclear family in protecting the sharing of emotional connection. If our cultural contexts, developing close friendships with those who are not related by blood is quite extraordinary.
"Ten Myths that Prevent Collaboration Across Cultures" September 2010. Candia Elliott, Diversity Training AssociatesR. Jerry Adams, Ph.D., Evaluation and Development InstituteSuganya Sockalingam, Ph.D., Office of Multicultural Health, Department of Human Resources, OregonSeptember 1, 2010
"How to Use Comparisons of Cultural Patterns" Candia Elliott, Diversity Training AssociatesR. Jerry Adams, Ph.D., Evaluation and Development Institute Suganya Sockalingam, Ph.D., Office of Multicultural Health, Department of Human Resources, OregonSeptember 1, 2010https://myasucourses.asu.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_277949_1%26url%3D