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Identity Molecule

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Aims of the tool

Raise self awareness on the concepts of multiple identity and self identification by analysing and sharing our own Identities.

It is also an opportunity to self-identify, rather than be labelled by others, and it can establish a broad definition of diversity in a seemingly homogeneous group.

Part II, discuss and analyse how privilege and Identity are related

Part III, the Diversity Iceberg, addresses the issue of visible and invisible identities.

Description of the tool

Part 1
Ask the participants to identify themselves using 5 social descriptors (class, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation,…) and fill the “Identity Molecule handout”, after doing so individually, they share their “molecules” in small groups. Reconvene the group and facilitate a discussion on self identification (why they choose that 5 descriptor? Are these the only identities we have? Are they given or chosen?)

Part 2
The participants are asked to individually complete their Identity molecule using as many social descriptor as they can, and to assess if each of the groups described are sources of privileges or of obstacles in the society they live in.
In small group ask the participants to share their new molecules.
Reconvene the group and facilitate a discussion about the link between identity and privilege, and on the use of privileges.

Part 3: The Diversity Iceberg is used in the large group, either as an input or as a brainstorm, Facilitate a discussion about the visibility and invisibility of identities, and what are the links between what we see and what we think.

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Tool overview

This tool is for

10-25 participants

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism, Group Dynamics, Personal Development

Materials needed:

Identity Molecule handouts one per participant, Diversity Iceberg model, Flipchart, Markers, Post-it


PART IIdentity Molecule 60-90 minutesPART IIDynamics of privilege 45PART IIIDiversity Iceberg 20

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

A CLASSROOM OF DIFFERENCETM from the Anti-Defamation League

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Matteo Violi (on 10 December 2004)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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