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Culture Walk The overall purpose of this exercise is for students to explore how they identify culturally. Perception Defined Objectives To understand facets of cultural identity. To examine how others’ perceptions influence our beliefs and feelings. Instructions Ask students to stand in a straight line. This is a silent exercise – no talking, laughing etc. When statements are read, follow the instructions given Instructions Read the following statements: If you belong to or relate to “see categories below” please cross over to the other side of the room. Look to see who is at your right, look to see who is at your left, look who stayed across the room, and please walk back. Instructions Categories to insert: male, female, brother, sister, oldest child, middle child, youngest child, only child, single, married, divorce, teen parent, American, Other than American, Caucasian, Asian, Native American, Hispanic/Latino/Mexican, African American, Christian, Mormon, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist, Eastern Religion. Discussion Questions 1. What happened? 2. What did we do? 3. What emotions did you feel during the exercise? 4. What was uncomfortable? 5. What was difficult? 6. What question did you want to walk on, but didn’t? 7. What held you back? 8. What do you suppose was the purpose of this exercise? 9. What can you take away from this exercise?
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