Racial, Ethnic, and Linguistic Identities
Race and ethnicity are complex social constructs. Race is often determined by how you look in a certain context (e.g. the US), while ethnicity is based on the cultural groups you belong to and may be shaped by your social, religious, linguistic, and/or national affiliation.
In an effort to be consistent in our data collection and mindful of the complexity and importance of self-identification, we ask that you answer several questions on racial and ethnic identities below. While we attempt to have lists that are both representative and expansive, we know that our lists are not inclusive of all responses. Please use the open-ended response areas to help us continue to best represent the diversity of the Greater Boston area.