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The Wall Many of you wanted me to forward this great diversity workshop. It is such a powerful exercise. You can add other social groups such as middle eastern, women and men just to name a few. I have modified it as I use this exercise with a small group of 15-20 students, where instead of using bricks I use butcher paper and I have them use post- it's to write all the negative stereotypes that they have heard about that social group. Before we reconvene I have them look at the wall of stereotypes and I have them pick one word that that when they first heard it they were hurt/angered by it. I ask them to share their story with the whole group so that the whole group can see how hurtful these words are. It works because every time they hear that word they can associate it to someone they care about and are be able to stand up against it. Very powerful. If you want me to elaborate please feel free to call me. Again, I use this with my TAKE group. The TAKE program is an evolving performance of skits that are written, produced, and performed by 10-12 students on challenging social issues that college students may face when coming to college dealing with Body Abuse, Prejudice, Transition and Relationships and this workshop is used during their weekend retreat. Thank you! Hilda Hilda Garcia-Putzel Assistant Director New Student Programs Cal State Northridge 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8261 Phone 818-677-2393 Fax 818-677-4596 March 8, 2007 The Wall Full Value No Discount Contract An Agreement to: Fully Value and Not Discount Self - Honor your feelings - Give open and honest feedback Fully Value and Not Discount Others - Respect the time with the group - Respect the integrity of the group - Respect the feelings of others - Be open to receiving feedback Fully Value and Not Discount the Learning Process and Activities - Assume responsibility for your own participation - Assume responsibility for your own learning - Assume responsibility for addressing your own limits Signature & date Social Groups: Multiracial International Student Non-Traditional Students Asian-American Hispanic / Latin American Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual Rich White / Caucasian Other groups… Poor Physically Handicapped African American Religious Directions: - Assign each group a social group, giving them 5 bricks each. - Direct groups to write down one negative stereotype per brick that they have heard about their social group. Remind students to be brutally honest. (Many students are reluctant to write negative stereotypes that may be associated with fellow OLs; therefore, I remind my students again and again that these are not their opinions.) - As the students fill out their bricks have the groups tape the bricks up on the wall or shower curtain. - Now that all the bricks are on the wall, ask students to look at the wall that stereotypes create. - Ask students to take turns coming up and removing one brick at a time. As they remove the bricks they must explain why the stereotype is wrong and trash it. (I have never had a group totally remove the wall one brick at a time. By the half-way point, someone inevitably tears the wall down.) - Reflect. (Take time to debrief and reflect. This activity takes a lot of emotional energy.) Reflection: why do people stereotype others? How are stereotypes developed? Which stereotypes are most prevalent on campus? How have you been affected by stereotypes? How will you confront stereotypes?
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