Welcoming and Entering
Activity time: 0 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Journals for new participants
- Newsprint, markers and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Have journals available for visitors or participants who do not have one. Set out some supplies for them to personalize the journals during the Welcoming and Entering time.
- Write the Welcome Words and question on newsprint and post.
Description of Activity
The Welcome Words are meant to set the stage for the workshop and spark conversation before the workshop begins. The Welcome Words for today are a quote and a question.
It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. - Audre Lorde, writer, poet, and activist
Question: Where in your life has difference (between you and another person, or within a community) been positive and celebrated?
As participants arrive, invite them to decorate a journal, review and/or add to their journals based on the Welcome Words posted, or informally discuss the Welcome Words. Orient visitors and first-time participants to the program and get a sense of what brought them today.