049 – Identity

  1. In pairs, each person tells the other about their first name – who they were named after or what their name means. 
  2. Repeat back to the whole group. Partner A shares the meaning behind B’s name, partner B shares the meaning behind A’s name. 
  3. Each person tells their partner what their surname is and where this originated from. 


Notes: This exercise could lead to discussion around the importance of names – for example, how does it make you feel when someone mispronounces your name? Is your name linked to your sense of identity? What does identity mean to you? 
On completion of the above exercise, participants will have knowledge of issues around diversity and identity including stereotyping.

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