Diversity Dots

Type of Activity: Trust, Diversity, Get to know you

Props Needed: Dot cards.

Set Up: Choose colored dot cards to give to each of your participants.  Make sure to have at least 2 mixed dots, 1 color that there is only one of, and 1 color with only two or three people.  Try to have one group that is much larger than the other groups.

Process: Tell your participants to make a single file line or circle and close their eyes.  Tell them that you will go around and hand them a card that they are to place on their forehead.  They must not talk for the rest of the game and must keep their eyes  closed even after they have received their cards.  (make sure you choose the participants that receives the only color dot sensitively.)

After everyone has a dot, they may open their eyes.  Now tell them to, “Get in your groups.”  Make sure you do not tell them to organize themselves according to their dots.  Just tell them to get into groups.

The students may group themselves however they choose, although they inevitably will do so by the color of their dots.  They also must not talk during this process.  Make sure that you are paying     attention to the group dynamics;  students will sometimes push other students out of the groups; leaders and followers will arise, and the ’Majority dot” group will also lend some, interesting dynamics.

When it  seems that almost everyone has found a group and the person with the “only dot” has some idea that s/he is alone, stop the activity.  Participants should look around and then take off their dots to see what color they are.

Debriefing Topics:

  • How did you find your group?  How did you help each other out?
  • How did it feel to find your group?  How did you feel if you didn’t find your group?
  • Were you happier if your group was bigger or smaller?
  • Why did you choose to group yourselves in this way?  (Remind participants that all you said was “get in your groups”.
  • Did you try to join any groups, but get pushed away?  For people with multicolor dots, how did you know which group to join?
  • How would this activity relate to real life?
  • How do you group yourselves in real life? How do you choose your friends?
  • Do people tend to group themselves by the way they look?  Think about your friends.  Do they look like you?  Do they dress the same?  Are they the same race?
  • Why do you think people group themselves based on how they look?
  • Why do you think people hang out with people who are similar to them?   Is there any value in seeking out people who are different than you to be fiends with?  What would be the benefits/advantages?  What would make this difficult?


For more resources see: Mosaic Project,  Diversity Dots

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