On your block..
neighborhood play group that celebrates cultural diversity! Hold themed
cultural days where the kids can learn about diversity through games,
books, songs, dances, traditional foods, and even parent volunteers who
want to share their cultural backgrounds.
Have a block party and get to know your neighbors!
Have everyone bring a sample of their cultural background - food,
drinks, music, or art - to the party for everyone to enjoy and discuss.
Start a game
group within the community! Play different traditional games (for
example, Mahjong, Dreidel, or Mancala) in which you play different
traditional games while rotating from house to house; or pick one game,
traditional or not, and use the gathering as a forum to get to know
your neighbors and their cultural backgrounds.
In your home...
a cultural book club! Read books from around the world involving
different cultures, ethnicities, and religions, and discuss when
everyone has read the book.
family to the different museums in your city – the local Holocaust
museum, international art exhibits, multicultural museums, etc.
neighbors over for a dinner to celebrate a religious holiday -
Christmas, Chanukah, Ramadan, Diwali - and share with them your
traditions and customs, and their meaning to you and your religion.
Rotate houses and holidays throughout the year!
In your community...
local newspaper or magazine publish weekly articles profiling families
in your community of varied cultural backgrounds. Include explanations,
history, and traditions of that specific culture.
cultural fairs at different religious establishments, celebrating
different cultures, religions, and traditions. Hold the fairs at any or
all of the local churches, synagogues, Buddhist temple, mosques, etc.
with all different religions having the chance to host the fair.
In your school...
Get a group of
parents or students together to hold a cultural activity or fair at the
local elementary, middle, and high schools! Encourage your neighbors of
different backgrounds and local religious organizations to participate
and add to the event.
a diversity parade! Have the school children from all the local schools
get involved by helping to build floats, put on performances, and set
up decorations all designed to help educate about cultural and