Social Justice Program Guides

Recognizing that student leaders often need help with social justice program ideas, the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs has begun work on a series of programs for student leaders to use. The following documents include program guides  social justice programs including:

  • Full facilitation guides
  • Learning outcomes
  • List of necessary materials

If you would like to contribute a program to this list, please contact the Office at 804-752-3205

Social Justice Overview - Power, Privilege, and Oppression


Tapped Into Awarness

An experiential activity that explores the concept of socialization and who has power in society.


Privilege Chains

By adding and removing links on a paper chain, participants can explore the concepts of privilege and oppression related to their social identities.


Truth Trivia

An interactive quiz show format that covers a broad range of social justice issues in the United States: social class, race, gender, sexuality, etc. 


Archie Bunker's Neighborhood

An interactive program where participants design their ideal city, but see how discrimination is just around the corner in the neighborhood


Cross the Line

Learn first hand about people’s experiences as members of dominant and subordinate groups. If you feel brave, cross the line…


It's in the Cards

Ever been treated as less than? Find your worth in the cards and be treated as the joker or the king.

Programs to Lay Groundwork 


Moral Conversations

This experience is about learning to have respectful conversations where participants make a commitment to listen to each other with the sole purpose of understanding.


Pre-Program Difficult Conversations

An activity that can be done before a high-risk social justice program. Helps participants confront their anxiety of having a conversation about topics that are sensitive or controversial.


Trust Activity

An experiential activity where participants lead another individual around a room without using any verbal commands/cues. Can be used before high risk programs to talk about issues of trust, risk taking, etc


Concentric Circles

Commonalities and Differences? Its all in the circles. Learn about your partners and make new connections.


Where I'm From Poems

Words have a big impact in someone’s life. Tell your story by writing a poem to express your background in your own powerful words.

Overall Identity


A Taste of Difference

Using ice cream sundaes and coloring with crayons, this introductory level activity helps get participants thinking about what identities they and others hold.


Family Portrait

An experiential activity where participants map out their family and family dynamics using other participants.


Identity Circle 

By asking participants to self-identify by moving in and out of a circle, this activity gets participants thinking about what identities they and others hold.


Really You

Pick a roommate from the list of 6 individuals, but will your choice change as you learn more about the person.



Universal Design 

Participants physically assess a space for accessibility needs, explore the definitions of “disability,” and learn about the concept of universal design.

Economic Class


First Memories, Class Indicators, and Class Caucuses

Thru active sharing and listening, participants will answer questions related to social class and explore their social class background.


The Penny Game

A simulation activity that will help participants understand how wealth and power distribution impact group behavior

Gender and Gender Identity


Attending Gender

Participants answer questions in pairs to stimulate thinking about gender.


Gender Rules for Intimacy

The purpose of this activity is to gain awareness of individual perceptions of gender roles and gendered rules of intimacy.

Religion and Spirituality


Common Ground--Religion

By asking participants to self-identify by moving in and out of a circle, this activity gets participants thinking about what religious/spiritual identities are in the room.


Interfaith Four Squares

Using a provided quiz sheet, participants test their knowledge on religious diversity


Instutitional and Cultural Web of Religious Oppression

Participants construct a “web of oppression” by sharing examples of how non-dominant religious groups experience oppression in the US.

Sexual Orientation



Can you figure out the heterosexual person in the bunch? Come play the game and learn why stereotypes aren’t the best way to interact with anyone.