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These exercises and assignments have been submitted by professors who have used them successfully in their classroom. They can be used in their present form, adapted to suit the goals of a particular course, or they may inspire a new assignment. 

If you would like to submit an exercise or assignment that you have used in your classroom please e-mail Heather Rellihan at

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Day of the Dead Altar
Helps students understand the traditional Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Diversity Flower
Encourages students to recognize which aspects of their social location afford them power and privilege. 

Diversity Newsprint
Shows students how their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality, age and culture affect their life experiences and demonstrates how members of the privileged group experience their social location differently than members of the subordinate group.

Marginal and Mattering
Demonstrates the psychological effects of inequality.

Power Moves
Help students see when, why and how people relinquish their rights to others who are in power.

The Space Ship
Encourages students to think about a range of disabilities and their own assumptions and prejudices. 

Some of the activities in this list have circulated widely and in multiple formats. Therefore it is difficult to cite the originator. If you believe someone should be given credit for creating any of these assignments please e-mail Heather Rellihan at

Please note also that this is a work-in-progress and subject to change. Many more activities will be added in the future.