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Understanding Social Identities

Mentors

 

Materials:

Identity Grid & Diversity Week Calendar

Objective:

Allows students to gain insight about who they are

Time:

25-30 minutes

Instructions:

Pass around grid to each student and give them 10 minutes to complete activity.  Then pair up and compare grids.  Allow for 5 minutes for this small group discussion.  Bring class back together and discuss as a whole.  Connect this to diversity week activities/calendar of events and what students select to participate in throughout the week. Discuss living in a new community and the importance of diversity.   Connect the major when possible.

Debriefing:

  • How did you feel while completing this activity?
  • Did you learn anything about yourself?
  • What did you learn about the other person?
  • Was it uncomfortable comparing identities?

Identity

(specify in each category how you identify yourself— for example, under “Sexual Identity,” heterosexual, homosexual, etc.)

How important is this identity to you?

(1-10, ten is high)

How apparent is this identity to someone who only sees you or does not know you well? (1-10, ten is high)

How highly regarded is this identity by society as a whole? (1-10, ten is high)

Ways in which this identity is positively viewed by society/

aspects of  society?

Ways in which this identity is negatively viewed by society/

aspects of  society?

Race:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethnicity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social class:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gender:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexual identity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ability/Disability

(able-bodied, with cerebral palsy, etc.):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirituality/Religion,

Membership in

faith community:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Occupation/Proposed

occupation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership in social organization:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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