Watch #DontBoxMeIn video then allow students to give feedback and/or ask questions about the video. This is a good exercise to talk about stereotypes, where stereotypes come from and why they still exist. Instructors could also springboard this topic to the relationship between media and stereotypes in our society (see #10 below).
A different take on discussing stereotypes is to play the DontBoxMeIn video then host the game, "Stomping Out Stereotypes. On large pieces of paper, write different races on the paper and place on the walls of the classroom. Students would then write any stereotype they've heard, read, or even said about a specific race. After a few minutes, have the students read what was written on the paper. Ask them to share where they think the stereotypes came from and why. Based on your level of comfort, the class could share personal stories of their experience regarding stereotypes.
Brainstorm all the different ways that we see similarities and differences between people? Why do we do this? Is this ok? What happens when we do this?
Least-Most (PDF): an activity that asks students to reflect on their perceptions of people and how certain groups of people are treated by others.
Crossing the Line Activity (PDF) Activity meant to show the general background of the class in response to racial, social, sexual, and cultural differences in our society.
Ask the class to read a blog from John Metta called I, racist. You could follow up the discussion by reading a reply to John's blog called I, racist, sexist. A Letter to a Black man in America from a White woman in Rwanda. This is a response written in agreement and expansion to John Metta's article/blog in The Huffington Post. There is a lot of information to unpack with these articles so you are encouraged to discuss this with your teaching assistant as well as the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office.
Watch the video from RSA Animate and discuss Changing Education Paradigms.