Exercises for Chapter 4

To break the ice, get involved in sharing about themselves, and have fun with our identities. To make the point that we are all both similar and different from one another.. (15 minutes)
To provide a group with the opportunity to explore and share their personal experiences with the various tensions described in Chapter 4 in order to create a shared understanding among group members. (30 minutes)
Use a scenario to reveal participants’ thoughts about how various tensions manifest, provide an opportunity to create a common understanding of the issues, and strategize future responses. (55 minutes)
To explore and share how participants came to understand themselves in terms of race. Reveal some similarities and differences of experience both within and between groups. (35 minutes)
For group members to reflect on the power of stories to shape a worldview that uplifts white norms and recognize the need to interrogate familial and cultural mythology. (1 hour 20 minutes)

DESIGNED FOR GROUPS COMPOSED OF WHITE PARTICIPANTS: To reflect on our felt experience living in our white bodies. To acknowledge the variety of feelings we experience, develop appreciation for the skin we’re in, and to honor our ancestral lineage. (1 hour 15 minutes)

To practice using “both/and” thinking and conversational techniques that encourage consideration of how racial differences impact people’s lives. (1 hour 5 minutes)
Options to close the session. (10 minutes)
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