Academic Diversity Activities: Exploring Stereotypes

Part 1

We are all familiar with common stereotypes of certain groups. Think about how these groups are often portrayed in the movies. Quickly complete each statement.

  1. All athletes are
  2. All lawyers are
  3. All male hairdressers are
  4. All construction workers are
  5. All redheads are
  6. All people with AIDS are
  7. All people are welfare are
  8. All young people are
  9. All old people are
  10. All men are
  11. All women are
  12. All A students are

Part 2

Your instructor will ask you to share the above stereotypes with the class. Then discuss these questions.

  1. What prejudices result from such stereotypes?
  2. What is the source of these prejudices?
  3. What harm can come from these prejudices?

Exploring Stereotypes (PDF)

From CollegeScope/College and Career Success by Dr. Marsha Fralick