Curriculum

"Conocimientos" or "getting to know each other" in Spanish is an effective icebreaker/opener. Using a list of questions, participants create posters that are shared with the group, soliciting responses and reflections.

 

This group-based activity has participants look at gender identity within gender groups, and then present their experiences to other groups. It's intended for groups that have a high degree of comfort with one another and some gender awareness.

 

This is a powerful activity that invites participants to yell gender stereotypes at participants in other gender groups. The twist is that females are yelling the stereotypes used against them at males instead of the other way around.

This activity uses case studies to have participants think about ways that hatred might arise at a school and to devise strategies for addressing these, and developing a more-inclusive school climate.

 

This group discussion activity explores the idea of xenophobia and exclusion in the United States. It begins with participants talking about exclusion at the local level and then broadens to look at the impact of xenophobia on the US and its residents.

This activity uses large printed labels to have participants consider which groups hold power over which other groups in US society. This activity helps distinguish the difference between societal and interpersonal power, and looks at the "isms" that hold divisions of power in place.

 

In this activity, participants are given anti-oppression terms on small sheets of paper and work with a partner to try to figure out the definition(s). The participants then share these definitions with the group to gain clarity about what each term means, laying the foundation for future discussions/activities.

Using a worksheet and group work, this activity is an engaging way to have participants learn about personal and group leadership and communication styles. It borrows its framework from the Lakota Indian tribe.

This activity asks participants to write down examples of prejudice and then drop them into a bag to make them anonymous. The group then enters the discussion phase to explore the causes of prejudice and ways to overcome prejudice.

 

This activity asks participant to identify problems facing youth and then has them discuss which of their answers may actually represent internalized oppression, or in this case, internalized adultism. Participants are then asked to rewrite these and explore the roots of internalized oppression.