Session 2 Mentor Guidance – Identity and diversity

Human rights are relevant to all of us, not just those who face repression or mistreatment. They protect you in many areas of your day-to-day life, including:

  • your right to have and express your own opinions
  • your right to an education
  • your right to a private and family life
  • your right not to be mistreated or wrongly punished by the state

This session focuses on the right to express your own opinions and preferences and the need to respect the opinions and preferences of others.
The content of the various annexes associated with this session can be found below. This enables the content to be translated by the translation plugin available in this site.

Content of identity presentation (PowerPoint)

Slide 2
Consider these quotes

  • To know another’s heart, you must first know your own.
  • Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. (Parker J. Palmer)
  • In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity. (Erik Erikson)
  • We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring. (Catherine Pulsifer)

(Notes – quotations could be personalised to reflect the thoughts of national/local personalities)

Slide 3
Identities – Who you are

  • Identities are a set of characteristics that define a person or a thing.
  • Your identity is ‘who you are’.
  • We are born with some of the things that make us ‘who we are’ e.g. eye colour, race, gender etc. Others things develop and change over time e.g. personality, interests, beliefs etc.
  • Today’s learning outcomes:
  • Understand that identities are made up of different characteristics and values.
  • Be aware that our identities have many things in common, but differences too.
  • Be able to describe your own individual identity.

Slide 4
Describe these babies

Slide 5
Describe these people

Slide 6
Lets discuss

  • Why could you describe more things in the adults?
  • What helped you describe the babies?
  • What changes as they grow up?
  • What things stay the same?

Slide 7

  • Identities are made up of lot’s of different characteristics and multiple layers i.e. religion, nationality, gender etc.
  • There are lot’s of things that make us who we are!
  • We are born with some of these things, but others develop over time.


  • In groups discuss the identity cards.
  • Make your identity circles.

(Notes – Identity cards and circles are just one way to approach this self-reflection.  You could achieve this in other ways e.g. mind maps or questionnaires)

Slide 8

  • Identities are also about the people who have influenced us.
  • There are lot’s of people who make us who we are!
  • Watch the orange advert.
  • Listen to Mark Beaumont poem.
  • Write your own I am…poem.

(Notes –  There are different versions of the Orange advert, one featuring a cyclist called Mark Beaumont.  The transcript from Mark Beaumont is available in the annexes. The content of the annex is also given here:-

I am Mark Beaumont
I am my mother Yeena
And my sisters Heather and Hannah.
I am my grandfather who gave me a heavy bike on Christmas.
And the neighbour who took the stabilisers off.
I am my friend Bobby who helped me through my training.
And the school kids from Dundee who raised money for my trip.
I am the women who knocked me off my bike in Louisiana
And her son who fixed it.
I am the people of the Nalabar who gave me water when I needed it most.
I am Mark Beaumont
And this year I broke the round the world cycling record.
I am who I am because of everyone.

Slide 9
What have we learned

  • That identities are made up of different characteristics.
  • How to describe your own individual identity.
  • That our identities have many things in common with another person’s identity.

Slide 10
Plenary activity

  • Get into a group of people who have/like the same …..
  • Get into a group of 3 or more – find something that makes each of you different from the others

(Notes – Practical activity – get into groups of people who have the same pet, have the same favourite food, live in the same town etc. Be creative and think of groupings which are relevant to your young people. Try to make some groupings large and some small.)

Content of diversity presentation (PowerPoint)

Slide 2
Do you like only one flavour of jelly babies or do you prefer a choice?

Slide 3
Which is more interesting?

Slide 4
A mix of food, music, dance & fashion

Slide 5
Diverse people, diverse identities

  • When we talk about diversity, we don’t just talk about race and ethnicity.
  • Diversity includes all different people, each contributing their own uniqueness, making our country a more interesting place to live.
  • So diversity includes people of different gender, ages, sexual orientation, disability, religion, beliefs and more.
  • It is important that everyone respects and celebrates each other’s differences so we can all get along, learn from each other and share an exciting mix of cultures and experiences.

Slide 6
Your views
As a Unite Ambassador discuss how / why you might need to be aware of aspects of diversity in these areas:

  • Religion
  • Gender and sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Cultural factors
  • Age

Slide 7

Diversity factor

Working in groups of 3 or 4, you are going to create a pop group to enter the Diversity Factor!

Your pop group needs to celebrate, respect and represent diversity and appeal to a diverse population!

Slide 8
Diversity factor

  • Each group will have 20 minutes to create the following:
  • Pop group name
  • Pop group members (think about a diverse range of people)
  • Statement that sums up why your pop group has the Diversity Factor
  • Religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, culture
  • Some sample song names, lyrics and/or dance moves

(Notes – Create a pop group by annotating Diversity factor body outline (Annex 5) drawings or cutouts to represent the different personalities that could make up a “Diversity” band.)

Slide 9
Respect our differences

  • It is important to celebrate and respect that we are all different.
  • Remember, we are all different in our own way (each one of you), and we all add something special to the whole.
  • The world would be a boring place if we were all the same!
  • So let’s show some respect for difference.
  • Let’s love who we are.

Slide 10


  • It’s important to know who you are
  • It’s fine to be different from others
  • Diversity is enriching

Content of Annex 1 Identity Card questions (Word document)

  • What is your favourite food?
  • What is your biggest dream?
  • Who is very special to you?
  • What is your favourite TV programme?
  • What is your hope for the future?
  • What can you do really well?
  • What makes you laugh?
  • What are your hobbies or interests?
  • What makes you excited?
  • Where is your favourite place to play?
  • What is your favourite game?