Curriculum

This opening activity asks participants to share stereotypes that they've learned about others, and then explore from where these stereotypes come. This is followed by a discussion that introduces the impact of stereotypes on people.

This activity uses large printed labels to have participants consider which groups hold power over which other groups in US society. This activity helps distinguish the difference between societal and interpersonal power, and looks at the "isms" that hold divisions of power in place.

This activity, involving writing, discussion, and artwork, is a tool for participants to reflect on their prejudices and to consider how prejudice is passed from one person to another. Participants create an "ad campaign" to promote their prejudice of choice and then examine how powerful such campaigns are.

This activity introduces the "Power Chart" which diagrams which groups hold power over which other groups in US society. This activity highlights the "isms" that hold the divisions of power in place.

In this activity, participants explore the behaviors of internalized oppression. Participants think of a marginalized group to which they belong and then look over cards that have some typical behaviors of internalized oppression. After considering these and sharing them with the group, a discussion follows.

This writing activity encourages participants to think deeply about their class background and to write a class autobiography. Some of the autobiographies are then shared with the entire group, generating discussion about class.

This is a powerful activity that invites participants to yell gender stereotypes at participants in other gender groups. The twist is that females are yelling the stereotypes used against them at males instead of the other way around.

This discussion-based activity encourages participants to look at gender stereotypes and how we are all expected to fit into specific "gender boxes". Participants then look at what is said and what happens to people who don't fit into the "box".

In this activity, participants are given anti-oppression terms on small sheets of paper and work with a partner to try to figure out the definition(s). The participants then share these definitions with the group to gain clarity about what each term means, laying the foundation for future discussions/activities.

This is a quick fill-in-the-blank activity which helps participants gain clarity about queer-related terms. The activity begins with participants meeting in pairs followed by the entire group processing the activity.