Social Justice Program Guides

Recognizing that student leaders often need help with social justice program ideas, the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs 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

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Tapped Into Awarness

An experiential activity that explores the concept of socialization and who has power in society.

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Privilege Chains

By adding and removing links on a paper chain, participants can explore the concepts of privilege and oppression related to their social identities.

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Truth Trivia

An interactive quiz show format that covers a broad range of social justice issues in the United States: social class, race, gender, sexuality, etc. 

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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

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Cross the Line

Learn first hand about people’s experiences as members of dominant and subordinate groups. If you feel brave, cross the line…


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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 

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Moral Conversations

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.

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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.

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Trust Activity

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

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Concentric Circles

Commonalities and Differences? Its all in the circles. Learn about your partners and make new connections.

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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.

Overall Identity

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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.

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Family Portrait

An experiential activity where participants map out their family and family dynamics using other participants.

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Identity Circle 

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.

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Really You

Pick a roommate from the list of 6 individuals, but will your choice change as you learn more about the person.

Ability

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Universal Design 

Participants physically assess a space for accessibility needs, explore the definitions of “disability,” and learn about the concept of universal design.

Economic Class

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First Memories, Class Indicators, and Class Caucuses

Thru active sharing and listening, participants will answer questions related to social class and explore their social class background.

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The Penny Game

A simulation activity that will help participants understand how wealth and power distribution impact group behavior

Gender and Gender Identity

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Attending Gender

Participants answer questions in pairs to stimulate thinking about gender.

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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

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Common Ground--Religion

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.

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Interfaith Four Squares

Using a provided quiz sheet, participants test their knowledge on religious diversity

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Instutitional and Cultural Web of Religious Oppression

Participants construct a “web of oppression” by sharing examples of how non-dominant religious groups experience oppression in the US.

Sexual Orientation

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LGBTQ Clue

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.