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Who Do You Know?

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Who Do You Know?

Objective

The purpose of this activity is to begin exploring what participants know about people from differing groups.

Time

15 minutes

Materials

Papers and pencils

Flipchart and marker

Procedure

1. On the flipchart list these four categories: “Author,” “Artist,”

“Musician,” “Politician.” Prepare the flipchart in advance of the session.

2. Ask participants to quickly write down on their own paper five persons (living or dead) that they are familiar with for each category.

Allow 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Then ask the participants to place an asterisk next to those names of the five in each category who represent someone from their own ethnic and racial group, or country they were born in.

4. Place the participants into small groups and ask them to compare their lists, the names they wrote and the number of people they starred. Ask them to discuss whether race, ethnicity or country of origin played a role in their choices. If so, why? If not, why not?

5. Reconvene and ask them to orally report the results of their discussions.

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Eight Different Points of View

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Eight Different Points of View

PURPOSE OF THE EXERCISE: To understand that the perceptions of others often play a role in conflict resolution. People frequently base their opinions of others on first impressions, or even on superficial clues. This exercise demonstrates how quick and easy it is to categorize differences based on our own personal frame of reference.

INTRODUCTION: Early life experiences and our own beliefs and values generally determine how we look at other people who are different from us.

In conflict resolution, it is important to remain open to others, to always be nonjudgmental, and to avoid stereotyping or prejudging.

WORKSHEET

Perception can generally be defined as our view of life, of ourselves, and of others.

It is based on the interpretation of our past experiences. It is a selective process because it is subjective.

Understanding the role of perception in conflict resolution, as well as in our everyday lives, is very important because we view the physical and social worlds around us through the private lens of our own perception.

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Worlds Apart — or Is It Words Apart?

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Worlds Apart — or Is It

Words Apart?

Objective

The purpose of this activity is to help participants understand how language influences the way in which the sexes perceive one another.

The male and female versions of many words and phrases have a strong influence on the way society looks at men and women. Such words and phrases can often become a wedge between sexes; hence “worlds apart” flowing from “words apart.”

Time

15 minutes

Materials

Sample Lecture

Overhead projector

Overhead transparency (OHT) 46.1

Exercise 46.1 for each participant

Procedure

1. Use the Sample Lecture to introduce this session. Distribute

Exercise 46.1 and ask participants to complete it on their own. Allow about 5 minutes.

2. Have participants form groups of three or four and ask them to use their responses as a guide to talk about whether the words they selected were the same or different. Ask them to discuss the differences in meaning, as well as their attitudes about the various words and then also discuss what happens when the words are used interchangeably.

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Gender Tapes: Decades on Parade

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Gender Tapes:

Decades on Parade

Objective

The purpose of this activity is to help participants understand what factors and early experiences (“tapes”) influenced the perception they have of themselves and their own sex, as well as those of the opposite sex.

Time

30-45 minutes

Materials

Overhead projector

Exercises 41.1 and 41.2 for each participant

Overhead transparency (OHT) 41.1

Procedure

1. Distribute Exercise 41.1 and ask participants to complete it.

2. Group participants into pairs and use the completed exercise as a discussion guide. Allow about 15 minutes for each pair to discuss their responses with each other.

3. Reconvene in the large group and ask the participants to report on the similarities and differences in their experiences. Ask them the effect of early influences on their current feelings about the opposite sex, and how these feelings might affect their relationships in the workplace.

4. Distribute Exercise 41.2. Have participants complete Part I. Return the participants to pairs and have them select one or two of the decades and discuss specific ways women were represented by the institutions listed in Part II of the exercise.

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Individual Conflict Styles:A Zoological Approach

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Individual Conflict Styles:

A Zoological Approach

30 minutes

PURPOSE:

To help participants recognize that there are distinct differences in conflict resolution styles, and that being flexible and respecting others might help in resolving conflict.

EQUIPMENT: None

MATERIALS:

Posters prepared ahead of time showing either pictures or names of the four animals in this activity, and a one-sentence description of an appropriate style that each animal might represent (see Trainer’s Notes).

PROCEDURE:

1. Place the posters in various areas of the room.

2. Ask participants to walk around the room and stand beside the poster that best represents the way they deal with conflict.

3. Ask participants to share what they believe is good about dealing with conflict in that particular way, when it is most appropriate, and what they think they can accomplish using that style.

4. Ask participants to discuss any problems a particular style might cause, when it might be least appropriate to use, and what can be lost by using it.

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