Training Resources Descriptions

Under Construction...Downloadable forms coming soon!

Recognizing that student leaders often need help with social justice program ideas, the Office of Student Life Social Justice Initiatives has begun work on a database of programs and trainings for 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

Facilitation guides will continually be added to this webpage as new programs are identified. If you would like to contribute a program to this list, please email Onar Primitivo, Coordinator of Social Justice Initiatives, oprimitivo@ucmerced.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. [PDF] 

Tapped into Awareness

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

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, hate groups, etc. [PDF]

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. [PDF] 

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. [PDF] 

Pre-Program-- Difficult Conversations
This is an activity that can be done before a high-risk social justice program. Helps participants confront their anxiety and fear of having a conversation about topics that are sensitive, controversial, or cover new territory. [PDF] 

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. [PDF]

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. [PDF] 

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

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. [PDF] 

Ability

Universal Design

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

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. [PDF] 

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

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

Gender and Gender Identity

Attending Activity-- Gender

Participants answer questions in pairs to stimulate thinking about gender. [PDF] 

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. [PDF] 

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

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

Race and Ethnicity

Priviledge Walk-- Race

By moving forward and backwards based on statements read, participants explore the concepts of privilege and oppression related racism. [PDF] 

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 they and others hold. [PDF] 

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

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.” [PDF]