Instructions: Ask everyone to work in groups of
6, listening without interruption while each person takes a turn sharing a
5-minute story in response to the question, "What is one of your earliest
memories of noticing differences, and feeling different than those around
you in some way, whether in regard to race, class, gender, physical
After 30 minutes, ask them to
do the same with this: "Choose one aspect of your identify, with regard to
race, class, gender, physical ability, whatever. What are some good things
about having that identify? What are some difficult things about having
that identity?" Give them 30 minutes.
Process: Tell them that others who've done
this have said the discussions created an incredible amount of human
interest, personal safety, and warmth toward the people whose stories they
heard. Ask them to give examples of people's stories that made them feel
each of these to the Group Facilitation listserv (listserv.albany.edu).