My Own Diversity

Understanding My Own Diversity

I often request people complete this exercise prior to coming to class. I will then weave the content of this exercise into my diversity workshop and in the process participants learn about themselves and the people around them.


  •  Where were you born?

  •   Where did you grow up and how did that influence who you are today?

  •   Where are your parents from? Where are your grandparents and great grandparents from?

  •   What generation American are you? (excludes Native Americans of course)

  •   How many siblings are in your family and are you the oldest, youngest, etc.?

  •   How did your birth order influence who you are today?

  •   As a child, which adult had a major influence in your life and why?

  •   What do you remember most about your favorites holidays and traditions as you were growing up?

  •   What unique qualities and characteristics do you possess that come from your unique upbringing?

  •   What was your most memorable encounter with someone from another culture/race?

  •   Describe a time you experienced prejudice or discrimination?

  •   Please list your hobbies and interests.

  •   Please describe a risk or a surprise about you that no one can tell by looking at you.

  • When you went through this exercise, was there anything else that came to mind? Your questions and concerns are welcome.