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Equal Opportunities


Does anyone have any good exercises or session starters which will create an awareness of the dangers of perceptions and assumptions?
Aileen Duncan

3 Responses

  1. Exercises
    1. Try…Ask everyone to recount an incident when they last felt they were in a minority group.What did it feel like,emotions etc
    2.GIve everybody a list of professions/chracters from history/jobs.Ask them to place a male/female name by each
    3. Disability RIghts Commission have turned perceptions on their head – they have an athletic male in one of their videos walking into a world for disabled.People in wheelchairds stare at him or patronise him, door handles too low, You can create an exercise where a person/tream have to identify how this feels, gender,race or disability
    4. Create an interview for employment panel- tell the panel members they have to dream up every possible reason for not giving job to…?gender/race/disabled applicant
    5. You are the editor of Sun newspaper – use a male/female opposite word for

    think of others=stacks of them
    You see where it is going?

    I used these when national head of training for the Equal Opportunities Commission and now extensively developed these and more as a freelancer!
    [email protected]

  2. Stereotyping exercises
    I find that these days you need to be a bit more subtle when getting people to stereo type as alot of people are aware of obvious ones. I have a number of exercises and would be glad to share/ swap with others who may be interested.
    You can e-me if you want to know more


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