Activities for Newly Engaged Learners
It is important for anyone on the path to social justice to do their own internal work before they can learn how to help others. In order to help people do that, I am providing some basic activities that will help you to begin thinking critically about your own social identities. If you need more activity ideas, please reach out to us on the contact us page.
Harvard Implicit Association Test
Harvard had developed a series of free tests that allow average people to get a better understanding of their implicit bias. Tests include race, gender, disability, weight, religion, and age among many others. By searching 'Harvard Implicit AssociationTest', you can click the link and it will bring you to their home page. Please note this is for educational purposes only and should only be used for such purposes.
Take a sheet of paper and draw a large circle in the middle. After that, think about your race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, able-bodied status, and socio-economic status. If you find that one category impacts your life more, make it a larger part of your circle. If not, make it a smaller part of your circle. This will help give you a visual as to what social identities you priortize. The next step is to ask yourself why. I strongly sugggest doing this activity with a diverse group of people to get the full impact of your answers in relation to others.
The first two activities can be done alone, however this activity must be done with a group of people. This activity is eye opening for most people who do it for the first time, as it physically shows how people can, in theory, begin in the same place in society and have their social identities impact them either positively or negatively. If you'd like to see this in action, simply look it up online for a visual example of what this activity looks like. If this activity interests you, please contact us. Although you can easily find the activity online, you will need an experienced facilitator to help ensure the activity is a success.