Diversity – Activity 3

Understanding privilege B

Activity type:
Cognitive method – awareness

Learning Goal:
The participant will be able to identify and understand the influence of culture, age, gender, religion, and social class on identity, needs, and emotions in someone’s life and how these can be of advantage or disadvantage in a given time or place.
Privilege is a key element in perpetuating oppressive systems; “a right, favour, or immunity, granted to one individual or group and withheld from another.”

Individual or group activity, but shall be implemented in groups for the reflection part. The learners can go through the privilege list and add them in the given categories alone or in groups of 2 persons and then come back in one group to reflect upon their experience over the activity.

30 minutes

Material needed:
“The privilege list” & Categories


You will be presented with the list with privileges statements again (same pdf as diversity activity 2). This time, you have to categorise them based on the following categories:

  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Appearance
  • Class
  • Ability
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Culture
  • Sexuality
  • Language
  • Size
  • Age
Questions for reflection:
  • Did you notice anything you consider self-evident, that actually is not?
  • What did you learn from this activity?