Recognizing that student leaders often need help with social justice program ideas, the Office of Student Life has begun work on a series of programs for student leaders to use. The following documents include program guides social justice programs including:
- Full facilitation guides
- Learning outcomes
- List of necessary materials
If you would like to contribute a program to this list, please contact the Office at 804-752-3205
Social Justice Overview - Power, Privilege, and Oppression
Tapped Into Awarness
An experiential activity that explores the concept of socialization and who has power in society.
By adding and removing links on a paper chain, participants can explore the concepts of privilege and oppression related to their social identities.
An interactive quiz show format that covers a broad range of social justice issues in the United States: social class, race, gender, sexuality, etc.
Archie Bunker's Neighborhood
An interactive program where participants design their ideal city, but see how discrimination is just around the corner in the neighborhood
Cross the Line
Learn first hand about people’s experiences as members of dominant and subordinate groups. If you feel brave, cross the line…
It's in the Cards
Ever been treated as less than? Find your worth in the cards and be treated as the joker or the king.
Programs to Lay Groundwork
This experience is about learning to have respectful conversations where participants make a commitment to listen to each other with the sole purpose of understanding.
Pre-Program Difficult Conversations
An activity that can be done before a high-risk social justice program. Helps participants confront their anxiety of having a conversation about topics that are sensitive or controversial.
An experiential activity where participants lead another individual around a room without using any verbal commands/cues. Can be used before high risk programs to talk about issues of trust, risk taking, etc
Commonalities and Differences? Its all in the circles. Learn about your partners and make new connections.
Where I'm From Poems
Words have a big impact in someone’s life. Tell your story by writing a poem to express your background in your own powerful words.
A Taste of Difference
Using ice cream sundaes and coloring with crayons, this introductory level activity helps get participants thinking about what identities they and others hold.
An experiential activity where participants map out their family and family dynamics using other participants.
By asking participants to self-identify by moving in and out of a circle, this activity gets participants thinking about what identities they and others hold.
Pick a roommate from the list of 6 individuals, but will your choice change as you learn more about the person.
Participants physically assess a space for accessibility needs, explore the definitions of “disability,” and learn about the concept of universal design.
The Penny Game
A simulation activity that will help participants understand how wealth and power distribution impact group behavior
Gender and Gender Identity
Participants answer questions in pairs to stimulate thinking about gender.
Gender Rules for Intimacy
The purpose of this activity is to gain awareness of individual perceptions of gender roles and gendered rules of intimacy.
Religion and Spirituality
By asking participants to self-identify by moving in and out of a circle, this activity gets participants thinking about what religious/spiritual identities are in the room.
Can you figure out the heterosexual person in the bunch? Come play the game and learn why stereotypes aren’t the best way to interact with anyone.