Technique - Identity Groups

A simple exercise to get everyone thinking together about their culture, class, ethnic, religious, gender, and other identities.

Before Class

  • Prepare a list of potential identity groups. Include large, broad groups as well as small, distinctive groups.

Call Out the Groups

  • Invite members to stand, and invite everyone to notice who is in the group and who is not.

Think About the Groups

  • Have participants pair off and discuss what’s great and what’s hard about being in their particular groups, and what they want others never to do, say or think about their group again.

Open Discussion

  • Bring the group back together, and invite people to share.

This exercise was adapted from a model called Up/Downs developed by the National Coalition Building Institute.