Social Justice & Inclusion Resources

Recognizing that student leaders often need help with social justice program ideas, the Residential Education Social Justice Committee has begun work on a database of programs for RAs, ACT members, and other student leaders to use. The following documents include program guides for more than 20 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 Sherard Robbins, Assistant Director - Social Justice at srobb21@email.arizona.edu.

Social Justice Overview - Power, Privilege and Oppression

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.

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

Truth Trivia
This is an interactive quiz show format that covers a broad range of social justice issues in the United States: social class, race, gender, sexuality, etc. [Quiz PPT]

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…

Bias Language Workshop
Having issues with biased language in your community? Choose the activities that work for you, and facilitate a powerful conversation about the power of language.

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.

“That’s so Gay” and Other Phrases You Shouldn’t Say
If you think words won’t hurt you, think again. Learn how words can be very damaging even if they are not intended to be.

Programs to Lay Groundwork

How to Show a Social Justice Film
This guide explores items to think about and prepare for when planning to show a social justice film for your program.

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.

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.

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.

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

Where I’m From
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

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.

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

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.

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

Ability

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

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.

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

Privilege Walk-- Economic Class
By moving forward and backwards based on statements read, participants explore the concepts of privilege and oppression related classism.

Gender and Gender Identity

Attending Activity-- Gender
Participants answer questions in pairs to stimulate thinking about gender.

Early Learning About Gender Conformity
By sharing in pairs, this exercise helps participants increase their understanding of gender as a social construct and as learned behavior.

Gender Rules for Intimacy
The purpose of this activity is to gain awareness of individual perceptions of gender roles and gendered rules of intimacy.

Learning Gender
Participants work in small groups to draw a collective response to how they received messages about gender and gender roles growing up.

Race and Ethnicity

Privilege Walk-- Race
By moving forward and backwards based on statements read, participants explore the concepts of privilege and oppression related racism.

Religion and Spirituality

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.

Interfaith Four Squares
Using a provided quiz sheet, participants test their knowledge on religious diversity. [Game PDF]

Institutional 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

A Different Life
A simulation activity that will help participants understand some of the challenges LGBTQ individuals may face as they “come out.”

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.