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Webster defines diversity as "a point or respect in which things differ". Just as each culture is different, so are generations different. Each has differences of foods, clothing, hairstyles, entertainment, history, celebrations, language, expressions, religion and others. Remember that we all have biases and as adults, we need to admit them and learn along with the girls. Here are some ways to bring diversity activities to your group.

January Diversity Ideas

Full of fun program ideas, recipes, and explorations of turn-of-year celebrations and observances from all over the world...
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February Diversity Ideas

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March Diversity Ideas

A huge guide to March fun! Download PDF in two sections, page numbers below:
Pages 1 - 22 | 23 - 46

April Diversity Ideas

A huge guide to April fun! Download PDF in three sections:
Section 1 | 2 | 3

May Diversity Ideas  

An incredible guide to crafts, activities and important dates in the Month of May. Did you know that International Pickle week is May 20 - 30, or that World Turtle Day is May 23rd? Download PDF in three sections, page numbers below:
Pages: 1-37 | 38-61 | 62-88

June Diversity Ideas

An incredibly fascinating and fun collection of activities and important dates in the Month of June! Download PDF in three sections, page numbers below:
Pages: 1-24 | 25-61 | 62-81

August Diversity Ideas

This one's jam packed with great facts, recipes and activities! Download PDF in five sections, page numbers below:
1-15 | 16-18 | 19-45 | 46-60 | 61-75

September Diversity Ideas

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October is Hispanic Heritage Month!

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November is Native American Heritage Month!

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December Diversity Ideas

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1 Have each girl find out from their family members what ethnic cultures are in their background. (German, Asian, African, Irish, etc.) Have girls share and see how many have at least one ethnic connection to someone else in the group. Make a group "tree" with ethnic branches (Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, White, Native American or Alaskan Native, Hispanic). Have girls attach a leaf with their name to each branch that is part of their heritage.
2 Learn a song from each decade of the 1900’s representing several cultures and perform them at a senior center.
3 Learn dances from cultures other than your own and perform them just for fun.
4 Have your girls interview someone from a different generation. Find out what they did differently. Bring in an item used by an older generation or culture that is not generally used today. Demonstrate its use. Invite an older person to visit and share with your group.
5 Using the media, help girls to think critically about what they see, hear and read. With them, point out items and discuss why they might be offensive or restrictive to someone. Music videos or ads could be a good starting point.

Connections: Issues for Girls
These Age-level specific Contemporary Issues booklets provide girls with tools to identify and change behaviors. Girls need to learn that they can fight prejudice and discrimination so they can become active citizens in a world where differences are celebrated, not feared, where people are different, not divided and where everyone contributes to the common good. The booklets are available in the Bay Shops.

Creating a Cultural Unity Patch Program

To increase a girl’s understanding, knowledge and appreciation for another’s cultural heritage and perspectives. Focus on linking the culture with contemporary American culture. Example: eating Chinese food at a local Chinese restaurant or attending a cultural fair.

What to do:
Design a choice of activities for each of the following topics based on one culture or similar cultures within an ethnic group. Each activity should teach others about some aspect of that culture. Don’t forget to design your patch too!

Topics include
: History, music, language, food, celebrations and, religions. Create a scrapbook or folder with your activities to share with other troops.
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