Cultural Baggage
What’s in your bag that represents your culture?

Description

Version A

Step 1: Ask the group to find something in their “bag” that represents or is a symbol of their culture. Bag can mean purse, backpack, and it doesn’t even need to be literal bag. It could also be something in their pocket, on their phone, or something that they draw, if they do not have it with them.

Step 2: Each person should get about 20-30 seconds to share their item and explain how it represents their culture.

Step 3: The facilitator can connect the items and also present critical questions if there’s time.

Version B

Step 1: Ask the group to find something in their “bag” that represents or is a symbol of their culture. Bag can mean purse, backpack, and it doesn’t even need to be literal bag. It could also be something in their pocket, on their phone, or something that they draw, if they do not have it with them.

Step 2: Ask the group to get into pairs or triads and share their items. Each person should get about 2 minutes to share and tell the story about their item.

Step 3: The facilitator can connect the items and also present critical questions if there’s time.

Preconditions for Success

This activity should be done with a clear understanding that we carry our culture with us where ever we go. Culture can be related to their ethnic/racial background, their history, their upbringing, and/or their current way(s) of life.

This is meant to be a cultural energizer at the beginning of a meeting.

Connection to Equity

CRE (Community Responsive Education (CRE- formally TEN) wanted to share this resource as an example of a culturally and community responsive activity that can be used for people to get to know each other and the cultures that are represented in the room.

Preferred Citation

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales Jeff Duncan-Andrade Sharim Hannegin-Martinez